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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Michigan High School Players / NFL Draft 2017 Headquarters

Earlier this year 11 former Michigan high school graduates were invited to the NFL combine.  All 11 plus a few more could be drafted on April 27th-29th (Thursday - Saturday).

Last year 7 Michigan HS Athletes were drafted and 6 in 2015.

We'll compare some mock drafts and compile the info below:

- 11 NFL Draft Combine Stats
- Full list of NFL Draftees since 1964

#35 of 300 prospects - Cass Tech / Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis
- "Lewis is one of the most naturally instinctive corners we've studied in years and he's tough for his size both in coverage and stepping up in run support. He's also got the closing burst and ball skills to develop into a playmaker."

#41 of 300 prospects - Southfield / Michigan State DL Malik McDowell
- No ESPN comment

#43 of 300 prospects - Walled Lake Western / North Carolina State S Josh Jones
- "Jones lacks ideal experience -- one full year as a starter (2016) -- and he has room to develop in terms of his instincts, but he's an interchangeable and physical safety with an above-average combination of size, speed and ball skills."

#62 of 300 prospects - Okemos / Western Michigan OL Taylor Moton
- "Moton played right tackle in college, but he is a bit heavy legged in pass protection. He may be forced to bump inside to guard at the NFL level. That said, he has a thick and massive frame with natural inline power and plays with the physical disposition teams covet along the offensive line."

#77 of 300 prospects - East English Village Prep / Iowa DB Desmond King
- "On the shorter side with average top-end speed, King isn't as fluid on tape as his combine results would suggest. He is, however, a playmaker with better quickness than speed and good instincts. He's also a tough player who is willing to step up in run support."

#190 of 300 prospects - Rockford / Michigan OL Ben Braden
- No ESPN comment

#203 of 300 prospects - Cass Tech / Michigan DB Delano Hill
- No ESPN comment

#244 of 300 prospects - Southfield / Miami, Ohio OL Colin Buchanan
- No ESPN comment

#287 of 300 prospects - Traverse City Saint Francis / Michigan State LB Riley Bullough
- No ESPN comment

#293 of 300 prospects - White Lake Lakeland / Wayne State OL Nate Theaker
- No ESPN comment

Mel Kiper Mock Draft:
#33 - Cass Tech / Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis - Cleveland
- "Lewis is my seventh corner off the board here."

- "King, the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award winner, is undersized at 5-foot-10, 201 pounds and could end up at safety, but he's a playmaker (14 career interceptions)"

#46 - Southfield / Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Indianapolis
- "McDowell is a polarizing prospect with mouth-watering athleticism and size (6-foot-6, 295 pounds) but a questionable motor and work ethic. He's worth betting on in the middle of the second round and could be a big-time steal if he becomes more consistent."

#52 - Walled Lake Western / North Carolina State S Josh Jones - Cleveland
- "Jones is tremendously athletic, running a 4.41 40 at the combine at 220 pounds, and could contribute immediately."

#64 - Okemos / Western Michigan OT Taylor Moton - Carolina
- "In Moton and Bisnowaty, the Panthers are getting two four-year starters: Moton on the right and Bisnowaty on the left."

Todd McShay Mock Draft:
- "Offensive line is a huge need for the Seahawks, but by the time it was their turn in Round 1, four linemen already been taken and none of the ones left presented remotely good value. Instead, I opted for McDowell, who is supremely talented but took too many plays off this past season. Seattle's coaching staff would have as good a chance as any to coax the best out of him."

#43 - Cass Tech / Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis - Philadelphia
- "Philadelphia doesn't have great cornerback depth, so it should jump at the chance to take a player like Lewis if he's on the board and the Eagles have cleared his off-field issues (his trial isn't scheduled until July). Lewis is very instinctive in coverage."

#57 - Walled Lake Western / North Carolina State S Josh Jones - Houston
- "Jones isn't a finished product either, but his athleticism (4.41 40 at 220 pounds) and versatility are intriguing."

#58 - Okemos / Western Michigan OT Taylor Moton - Seattle
- "Moton had 52 career starts in college and would give the Seahawks depth at both tackle and guard."

- "King has excellent ball skills and is a good run defender, something the 49ers need after finishing last in rushing yards allowed last season."

ESPN NFL Nation:
#22 - Southfield / Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Miami
- "The Dolphins were 30th against the run last season and need to get stronger in the middle. Former second-round pick Jordan Phillips has been too inconsistent next to Ndamukong Suh. McDowell can push Phillips for a starting role in training camp and possibly supersede him." Mock Draft
#50 - Walled Lake Western / North Carolina State S Josh Jones - Tampa Bay
- "The Buccaneers had major problems at safety throughout the year, so they could obviously take a player at that position much earlier than this. J.J. Wilcox was signed, but for only a 2-year deal."

- "The Seahawks have had success taking mid-round cornerbacks, but that doesn't mean they won't address the position in the early rounds. They have a hole at the position, and they took care of other areas in free agency, so they could go that route here."

#70 - Okemos / Western Michigan OL Taylor Moton - New York Jets
- "One of the many things the Jets need to address is the tackle position. Kelvin Beachum was signed, but he has a dubious injury history."

- "Malik McDowell has interviewed extremely poorly with everyone and could drop as a result. The Cardinals are a team that could look past that."

- "The Titans signed John Cyprien to help their poor safety situation, but depth could still be obtained later in the draft."

- "Some interior offensive line depth wouldn't hurt with Gabe Jackson hitting free agency next year."

Other eligible players:
- Cass Tech / Marshall CB Terry Richardson
- Cass Tech / Buffalo LB Brandon Berry
- Cass Tech / Toledo S DeJuan Rogers
- Cass Tech / Eastern Michigan CB Daquan Pace
- Detroit Catholic Central / Michigan DT Matt Godin
- Detroit Catholic Central / Ferris State LB Anthony Darkangelo
- Fenton / Michigan K Kenny Allen
- Fenton / Notre Dame College WR Mitch Shegos
- Flint Northwestern / Western Michigan WR Michael Henry
- Gibraltar Carlson / Michigan State OL Kodi Kieler
- Grand Ledge / Central Michigan K/P Brian Eavey
- Henry Ford II / Grand Valley State OL Aaron Cox
- Holland / Central Michigan LB Nathan Ricketts
- Livonia Clarenceville / Grand Valley State DL DéOndre Hogan
- Loy Norrix / Wayne State LB Valorian Cunningham
- Mason / Central Michigan RB Saylor Lavallii
- Midland / Eastern Michigan OL Austin Wylie
- Novi / Ferris State LB Brady Sheldon
- Ottawa Hills / Grand Valley State DB Donte Carey
- Oxford / Michigan State LB Prescott Line
- Pontiac / Western Michigan S Jeff Johnson
- Pontiac / Kezlow Smith WR Lakeland
- Renaissance / Central Michigan DT Jabari Dean
- Rochester Adams / Central Michigan S Tony Annese
- Romeo / Central Michigan FB Joe Bacci
- St. Mary's / Grand Valley State LB David Talley
- Southeastern / Michigan State LB Ed Davis
- Southfield Lathrup / Michigan State TE Jamal Lyles
- Southgate Anderson / Western Michigan TE Jeremiah Mullinax
- Sturgis / Ball State OL Drake Miller
- Three Rivers / Western Michigan DE Jack McIntee
- Ypsilanti / Grand Valley State DB Marquez Gollman
- Ypsilanti / Eastern Michigan DB Austin Sanders

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