It’s always interesting to see where former Michigan football players end up in the NFL and that process will begin on Thursday, May 8.
The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft will be completed that Thursday night, followed by rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, then will conclude with rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 10.
There are eight former Michigan football players in this year’s draft, here’s where they’ll likely end up/
Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle
Cbssports.com has Lewan listed as the eighth-overall prospect and the third-best offensive tackle. There’s no doubting that Lewan is an outstanding tackle, but his draft stock took a hit following reports of an off-field incident.
Lewan is facing one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault or assault and battery, all from an incident on December 1, 2013. At the NFL combine, Lewan denied any wrongdoings in the incident, allegedly involving some Ohio State fans.
Regardless of the upcoming court date, it’s unlikely Lewan will fall out of the top-20. The two offensive tackles expected to go before him will most likely be taken within the first six picks of the draft.
The top-three most likely destinations for Lewan are; Buffalo Bills (#9), New York Giants (#12), and Pittsburgh Steelers (#15).
Michael Schofield, Offensive Tackle
At 6-foot-7, Schofield is an intriguing NFL prospect. He spent that past two seasons playing right tackle at Michigan but he also has experience playing guard.
If NFL teams are worried about his ability to play tackle, the transition to the inside will not be difficult for Schofield.
He is projected to be drafted in the fourth round but easily could be drafted in the third or fifth round as well.
If the Bills, Giants, or Steelers don’t draft a tackle before round four, one of those teams could be his destination. Other teams in the mid-fourth round that are in need of a tackle include; Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Ravens.
Jeremy Gallon, Wide Receiver
ESPN’s Mel Kiper doesn’t see Gallon going undrafted. He did most of his damage with Michigan on the outside, but it’s likely that he will move to the slot at the next level. His 5-foot-9 frame draws a red flag from draft experts but the tape doesn’t lie.
The kid has big-play capability and caught 89 passes for 1,373 yards last season. The biggest reason why I agree with Mel Kiper is that he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the combine, much better than expected.
Ultimately, Gallon will be a seventh-round pick. If not, he will absolutely get a chance to make a team as a free agent.
Teams that may be interested in Gallon include; Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, and San Diego Chargers.
Michigan has five other possible draftees, but it is unlikely that any of them will be drafted. Those players include: Safety Thomas Gordon, running back Fitzgerald Toussaint, defensive tackle Quinton Washington, outside linebacker Cameron Gordon, and wide receiver Drew Dileo.
Toussaint, T. Gordon and C. Gordon might get a chance at the roster via free agency, at best.