NFL Expert Talks U-M's Drafted Players

ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter gives his thoughts on former Wolverines Jeremy Gallon and Taylor Lewan and how they fared in the 2014 NFL Draft.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Jeremy Gallon probably didn't dream of getting drafted in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft earlier this month -- but he couldn't have gone to a better "situation," according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

The former Michigan receiver most likely fell in the draft due to his lack of ideal height – Gallon strands at 5-foot-7, 185-pounds – but was drafted by New England Patriots, who are known for developing smaller receivers says Schefter.

"It's an unbelievable situation," said Schefter during a phone interview on WTKA-AM in Ann Arbor on Friday. "Remember so much of the draft is not the team that picks you, but the situation you enter into. If you're Jeremy Gallon and you can handpick your situation, there really isn't better spot then that. Because they've taken small receivers like Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, and turned them into prolific producing wide receivers. I think Jeremy Gallon, there is a lot to learn there. But it's a great opportunity and have the chance to shine in New England."

Gallon signed his rookie contract on Friday and then participated in his the rookie min-camp, which ran through Sunday. He is coming off a record breaking senior season at Michigan, where he set U-M's all-time single season receiving yards record with 1,342 yards and nine touchdowns.

Schefter Gives Insight on Lewan

Former Michigan lineman Taylor Lewan was expected to be a top-10 pick the NFL Draft. However, he fell one spot lower, and was selected by the Tennessee Titans at No. 11.

And while it wasn't the expected spot for Lewan, Schefter says is was simply a matter of how the draft played out and the Titans were fortunate to land the former All-American.

"I think most people thought he would go No. 6 to the Atlanta Falcons," Schefter said. "That seemed to be they way the board seemed to be going. I think that was the expected landing spot for Taylor Lewan. I know the Falcons loved him, but they never thought Jake Mathews would be there – and he was. So he was there, they took him. It forced Taylor Lewan down the board a little bit. So the run on some of those defensive players. There he was, sitting at No. 11.

"You go with the player that is the highest ranked player on your board, because if gives you best chance to win. And for the Tennessee Titans, they for fortunate enough to get Taylor Lewan at No. 11 spot."