Sunday Live Blog: Michigan Wolverines At The NFL Combine
Keep it locked here all afternoon as we provide updates surrounding the six Wolverine players at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
Defensive lineman Chase Winovich and Rashan Gary, along with linebacker Devin Bush Jr. will be participating in on-field drills today.
We recap today's events surrounding the Wolverines at the NFL combine, beginning with…
Gary had an impressive day Sunday, showing off his freaky athleticism in every drill he competed in. His 40-yard dash time of 4.58 was the fourth-best amongst defensive lineman, his vertical leap of 38.0 inches was fourth, his broad jump was seventh among defensive lineman and his 20-yard shuttle of 4.29 was also seventh.
Gary was among NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks' Day 3 winners.
"After watching Gary put on a show as a "dancing bear" on the turf, scouts will wrestle with the athlete versus football player debate," Brooks said. "Although the Michigan star posted sterling numbers in the 40, vertical jump and broad jump, Gary's performance in the position drills was equally impressive. He moves like a tight end in a defensive end's body and that's one of the reasons why Gary could come off the board early despite posting middling production as a college player.
Devin Bush Jr.
Bush was also amongst Brooks winners from Sunday, putting up impressive numbers in all the drills he participated in. His 40-yard dash of 4.43 was tied for the second-best among linebackers, his broad jump of 124 inches was fourth, his vertical jump was first at 40.5 inches and his three-cone drill of 6.93 was sixth.
"The 5-foot-11, 234-pound tackling machine will vault up the charts after a tremendous combine performance," Brooks said. "Bush not only posted a 40 time of 4.43 seconds (second among LBs), but nailed a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump (led all LBs) and a 10-foot-4 broad jump (tied for third among LBs). His showing confirms his exceptional sideline-to-sideline range and enhances his chances of making a jump into the top 20. If he's interviewed well behind the scenes, Bush could convince the right team that he's ready to be a franchise-caliber traffic cop in the middle of a defense.
Winovich also had a great day, with his 40-yard dash of 4.59 clocking in as the fifth-best among defensive lineman and edge rushers. Among that group, his three-cone drill time of 6.94 was third and his 20-yard shuttle time of 4.11 was first.
Follow along tomorrow for updates on how cornerback David Long does.
7:08 p.m. — On NFL Total Access, U-M's players were discussed.
“ I think teams are split on Devin Bush and Devin White and it’s going to be difficult to sort them out because they both worked out, ran so fast, and had phenomenal field workouts,” Jeremiah said.
Former NFL defensive end Dwight Freeney thought it was hard to distinguish between Bush and White.
“Those guys are really explosive, sideline-to-sideline screen passes, you have to be very aware of these guys coming downhill,” Freeney said.
Bush and Gary were both winners by NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks.
6:05 p.m. — David Long had 15 reps on the bench press.
Top official 3-cone drills for D-linemen at #NFLCombine:— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) March 3, 2019
1. Sutton Smith, @NIU_Football, 6.75
2. Maxx Crosby, @EMUFB, 6.89
3. Chase Winovich, @UMichFootball, 6.94
4. Anthony Nelson, @HawkeyeFootball, 6.95
t5. Jamal Davis, @ZipsFB, 7.00
t5. Montez Sweat, @HailStateFB, 7.00
2:40 p.m. — Bush had the best vertical jump among the linebackers at 40.5 inches.
Bush had the third longest broad jump among linebackers at 124 inches.
Gary had the best vertical leap among defensive lineman.
Gary had the third best broad jump among defensive lineman.
2:28 p.m — Bush looked fluid in the zone drop drill.
His official 40-yard time was updated to 4.43, which was tied for the second fastest amongst linebackers.
2:08 p.m. — In the shuffle drill, Bush stumbled a bit at the end of the drill.
1:47 p.m. — Bush's second 40-yard dash time was 4.52
1:24 p.m. — Bush's first attempt at the 40-yard dash clocks in at 4.44.
“This guy is extremely explosive and one of the top linebackers,” Davis said.
"He directs traffic," Jeremiah said. "He's got some thumb on tackle. He'll sort, fill and flow. He's an excellent blitzer. I wrote splash hits. There are some huge hits he puts on tape.
Devin Bush has to be one of the biggest "winners" of the Combine. Came in bigger than expected and is still ridiculously fast (4.44) and quick. Game tape is the best of any off-ball LB in this class by a wide margin IMO and now the measurements show elite potential— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) March 3, 2019
12:54 p.m. — Bush had a vertical jump of 41 inches.
No surprise here- Top LB vertical jump— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) March 3, 2019
1) Devin Bush 40.5
2 Devin White 39.5
12:40 p.m. — In the bail and react drill, Gary was nearly perfect, expect for dropping the ball.
“That’s the only thing I’ve seen him struggle with so far is the ball a couple times, other than that, he’s been having a great day,” Williams.
Some like Rashan Gary as a 3-4 5-tech, but I see him more as a high-end 4-3 3-tech interior pass rusher/run stopper. Or a guy like Clowney who u move around, creating favorable matchups wherever he goes. Not much traditional about his skill-set. Could even play som rush-end/OLB.— Todderick Hunt (@TodderickHunt) March 3, 2019
Rashan Gary just so damn smooth moving around but can’t catch worth a damn— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) March 3, 2019
12:34 p.m. — Winovich caught the pass in the drill covering the flat.
"He's had a good day," Jeremiah said. "Didn't look like he's ever carried a football before, but other than that, he's had a very good day."
12:30 p.m. — Gary dropped the pass in the drill where he was supposed to cover the flat.
12:20 p.m. — Retired Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kyle Williams analyzed Gary.
“We saw him earlier on the bag drills, you were talking about finishing and burst, he probably had the most noticeable at the top of the move, top of the bag, closing the distance burst of any of these guys so far,” Williams said.
12:06 p.m.— The official 40-yard dash times came in.
Gary had a time of 4.58 and Winovich had a time of 4.59, which were the third and fourth best times among defensive lineman respectively.
12:02 p.m. — When going through on the field drills, both Gary and Winovich looked smooth.
“I’m a Winovich guy,” Jeremiah said. “I’m a card carrying member of the Winovich fan club.”
11:45 a.m. — The broadcast discussed how Gary compared with another defensive lineman Montez Sweat, who had the fastest 40-yard time of 4.42.
“Gary had so much more power,” Jeremiah said. “He’s able to really snap into people. He can win in a variety of ways, that’s where the lack of production comes from.
“Gary is more stout and stronger at the point of attack. He can convert speed to power.”
In Winovich’s second 40-yard dash, he had an unofficial time of 4.69
“He’s helped himself Rich,” Jeremiah said. “He plays so hard and he’s got that push pull where he will get into a lineman push him then pull him straight into the ground.”
NFL Network analyst Charles Davis talked about how he had been performing.
“Winovich, I think there were concerns about athleticism coming in, he’s helping erase that,” Davis said.
11:31 a.m. — Gary dropped his 40-yard dash time to 4.59 on his second attempt.
“He is a freak,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said. “Now the question is the production hasn’t always matched the athletic ability and that’s a little bit of the question mark with him because he should dominate every single game with the skill he possesses.”
Rashan Gary is a super freak. Some of these d-line times make the WR times look pedestrian.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) March 3, 2019
Okay. Rashan Gary just ran 4.59.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) March 3, 2019
Again, you can put him at DE, DT, Corner, don’t matter. Put him on my defense and I’ll maximize his talent.
11:24 a.m. — Winovich in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash had an unofficial time of 4.60 with a 10-yard split of 1.57.
NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said this was a "phenomenal" time for him.
Ooooh. Chase Winovich with a 4.6 - 1.57 10? Okay.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) March 3, 2019
11:09 a.m. — In his first attempt at the 40-yard dash, Gary had an unofficial time of 4.61, with a 10-yard split of 1.63.
Rashan Gary: 4.61u at 280 pounds. At 277 pounds.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) March 3, 2019
10:23 am —
The things I’m hearing about Rashan Gary’s workout times....borderline impossible— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 3, 2019
When Rashan Gary tears it up in his workouts, the proper question is why didn’t he dominate at the college level?— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) March 3, 2019
On a team that has been churning out dominant DLinemen.
And why will that change at the next level?
Not a first round risk I’m ready to take
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