It is still unclear what NFL team former Michigan star Braylon Edwards will be suiting
up for next year, but it's practically a certainty that
it will be for one of the teams with a pick in the top seven of this year's draft. The Chicago Bears will be selecting fourth and they reportedly have
not been as deterred by the error they made in picking former Wolverine wide
out David Terrell as some might think. The signing of Mushin Muhammed gives
the Bears steady production for another year or two, which would ease Edwards'
transition if he fell to them.
San Diego has always been a player and their interest is not going away. With
their two picks in the first round (#12 and #28), the Chargers could move up
into the top portion of the draft. The Cleveland Browns appear to be a prime
candidate for such a scenario, as they are looking to trade down. The Chargers
with the now regrettable move of selecting Phillip Rivers last year, will need
a potential game breaking receiver to boost a receiving corps that contains
The third team that seems most viable in the Edwards sweepstakes at this point
is Minnesota. The Vikings have an obvious void on the flanks after trading Randy Moss. A lot of things would have to go Mike Tice's way for the draft's best
receiver to slip to him, but it is definitely possible. The San Francisco 49ers
and Miami Dolphins will probably go quarterback with the first two picks. If
Cleveland stands pat at #3 they may choose to focus on their porous defense.
Tampa Bay has more pressing needs at #5, while the Titans (who pick 6th) have
another favorite at wide receiver. New offensive coordinator Norm Chow certainly
wouldn't mind seeing his former pupil, Mike Williams, in a Tennessee uniform
next year. If Chicago doesn't grab Edwards at four and San Diego doesn't trade
up, Mr. Edwards very well could be playing pro football in the twin cities.
The next Wolverine to go will probably be defensive back Marlin Jackson. Jackson's
pro day was pretty solid. The high 4.4s and low 4.5s he posted for NFL scouts
eased the impact of his numbers from the combine. Many had moved him out of
the first round after his stint in Indianapolis, but expect him to possibly go
late in the first round after his performance in Ann Arbor. If he slips out of round one,
he will provide great 2nd round value. His experience at free safety will be key considering
the talent pool at that position is very poor this year.
Speaking of safeties, Ernest Shazor's pro day was met with mixed reactions
according to scouts I spoke with yesterday. Some feel that his potential is
too great to pass up on, while others feel that it is a red flag regarding his
ability at the next level. In general, Shazor is sliding down most boards. A
good number of teams have moved him down to a 3rd rounder…some even into
day two. Even so, he still will probably end up being a late 2nd round/early
third round selection. His workouts haven't helped him, but his potential is
too tempting for him to slide that far.
David Baas hasn't really seen his stock change much at all. His workouts have
been solid and he hasn't done anything to warrant concern. In the past, lineman
that can multiple positions have higher draft stock, especially at guard and
center. Given the rate at which injuries occur in the NFL, being an interchangeable
player will helps a prospects draft stock quite a bit. The fact that David can
play center and guard will likely put him in the top five to ten picks of round
two, but I wouldn't be surprised if he goes in the very late portion of round
Fullback Kevin Dudley's stock still remains at a later stage level. Look for
him to go in round seven. Cornerback Markus Curry will probably be the other
Wolverine drafted; most likely in the seventh round as well. Look for running
back David Underwood, wide receiver Jermaine Gonzales, defensive lineman Alex Ofili, linebacker Roy Manning, and punter Adam Finley to get undrafted free