Michigan Draftees

Although my brother and I usually agree on sports teams we are bitter rivals when it comes to college football. Fraser is a Buckeye loyal, whereas I favour the Big Blue – (which makes for an interesting Saturday once a year).

Michigan set a program record in 2017 when 11 Wolverines were drafted across the seven rounds of the draft, however, this years draft was not as kind to the men in with on only two Wolverines taken.

The Cardinals drafted Center Mason Cole with the 97th overall pick of the draft hoping to take some of the work of 31 years old, ‘A.Q. Shipley.’ The second and final Wolverine off the board was Defensive Tackle Maurice Hurst, who was taken by the Raiders with the 140th pick in the draft.

I believe that Hurst will be a force in the league if his heart problem does not hinder him – which was evidently the reason he fell to the 140th after entering the draft as a potential first-round pick. Hurt obviously was frustrated having to wait so long to hear his name this week,

“It’s tough just going into it thinking that you’re one of the top players in the draft and having good tape and everything like that,” Hurst said Saturday in a conference call. “Just having to wait and see guys that you believe that you’re better than go ahead of you, I mean it’s tough. But I’m just happy to be in the right place and part of a great organization.”

A consensus All-American, Hurst finished the year with 61 tackles (14 1/2 for a loss) and five sacks. One of the most explosive players off the line in college football, Hurst at one point was rated as the top player in America by Pro Football Focus, regardless of position. He will be joining the star-studded Raiders defence, and I truly hope to see him do well in the league.

A further three Wolverines have been signed as UFA’s; O’Korn, McCray, Hill. O’Korn became the latest QB on the Detroit Lions Roster, and it will be interesting to see if he makes the 53 man cut before September.

 

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John O’Korn is The Most Confident Man in History

The NFL draft is riddled with QB talent this year, with names like Rosen, Mayfield and Darnold predicted to be taken early in the first round. However, one QB oft-forgotten is former Michigan signal caller John O’Korn who believes he is the most pro-ready option of all.

O’Korn, who is rarely talked about in any mock drafts spent three years playing for the Michigan Wolverines under former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh and spent much of his time studying the complex playbook.

O’Korn believes that the transition between college and NFL will not be an issue,

“Honestly, I think I’m the most NFL-ready quarterback in this draft just as far as terminology, and knowing what to do on a day-to-day basis, game-planning,” O’Korn said at Michigan’s Pro Day. “I was part of the game-plan meetings with coach Harbaugh, coach (Pep) Hamilton, the whole staff, coach (Tim) Drevno, all last fall, so just on a day-to-day basis what it takes to be an NFL quarterback, I think I would choose myself over any other guy in this draft in that regard.”

O’Korn struggled to win the fight for QB1 status in Ann Arbor but did make five starts as a senior with Wilton Speight getting injured early in the season. Before becoming a Wolverine, O’Kurn played at Houston where he earned the ACC ‘rookie of the year’ award as a true freshman, throwing for 28 touchdowns and 3,117 yards.

Although O’Korn only threw for 1,146 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions with the Wolverines last season, it would be unfair to assume that this was purely his fault as the whole offence struggled last year, with Harbaugh looking a little more distant than usual.

O’Korn performed at the Michigan Pro-bowl and is hoping that his performance will be enough to get noticed by one of the NFL teams,

“At the end of the day, whether it’s 32 teams or one team that like you, you can only go to one camp,” O’Korn said. “That was the goal, to make an NFL roster. That’s going to be the goal from here on out.”

With O’Korn hoping to make the later round picks, or an undrafted signing one of the other stars at Michigan’s Pro Day was potential first-round pick Maurice Hurst, who left the NFL Combine early after being diagnosed with a heart condition.

We will see this week if O’Kurns confidence is enough to buy him a ticket into an NFL roster, but whatever that kid is smoking, I need some.