Two teams who had up and down seasons, the highlight of this contest is Taylor Lewan, a potential top 12 pick in May’s draft. Lewan is not the only offensive linemen in this game that has the interest of NFL scouts. Jon Dove offers his predictions on the top next level players in this contest.
Taylor Lewan/T/Michigan: Taylor Lewan decided to return to Michigan this season with the hopes of improving his draft stock and leading Michigan on a National Title run. However, neither of those goals was reached and now there’s some negative hype surrounding his draft position. Lewan is still one of my higher rated prospects and the No. 2 offensive tackle in my rankings. He’s a nasty player who works to the whistle. His ability to play with balance allows him to both generate a push in the run game and protect the passer. Lewan isn’t an elite athlete, but is fluid enough to protect the edge and change direction. I’d consider him a steal if he lands outside the top 10. Early 1st Round
Michael Schofield/OL/Michigan: Taylor Lewan gets all the attention but Michael Schofield is a talented player in his own right. Schofield is a good athlete who features long arms and plenty of balance. He’s committed to keeping his pads down and a wide base. This allows him to both open holes in the running game and protect the passer. This is the type of player who won’t come off the board in the first round but will have a long and successful NFL career. Someone is going to get a steal in Schofield. Late 2nd Round
Ty Zimmerman/S/Kansas State: Ty Zimmerman is a long and athletic safety prospect. He shows good movement skills, a quick burst and range in deep coverage. Zimmerman also does a good job coming up to support the run. He consistently takes proper angles which helps limit long runs. The one area he needs to work on is reading the routes developing around him. He has a tendency to allow too much space between him and the receiver. 4th Round
Jeremy Gallon/WR/Michigan: Jeremy Gallon is a solid receiver who relies on his route running and short-area quickness to make an impact. His lack of size limits his overall potential and where he can line up on the field. He is looking at spending most of his time working out of the slot. Gallon’s 40-time will have a major impact on where he ends up getting drafted. He has good quickness but didn’t show elite long speed. 6th Round
Cornelius Lucas/OL/Kansas State: Cornelius Lucas passes the eye test in that he has good size and length. He uses that length to gain inside hand placement in both the run and passing game. However, Lucas isn’t a good athlete and struggles with his movement in space. It also doesn’t help that he lacks a natural bend and plays too high. It’s going to be tough for Lucas to make a splash at the next level. 7th Round