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Posted on Mon, Nov 16, 2009 : 1:36 p.m.

Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren considers the NFL

By Dave Birkett

Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren said Monday he plans to ask the NFL’s underclass advisory board for a recommendation on whether he should turn pro after the season.

Warren, a third-year junior, is tied for second in the Big Ten with four interceptions.


Michigan's Donovan Warren returns an interception for a touchdown on the first pass of the game, Saturday night, October 10th at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

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“Definitely I’m going to look into it as far as where I stand,” Warren said. “If it’s the best thing to do for my family then I’ll just have to decide that. But if it’s not then I’ll definitely be here helping Michigan.”

Without studying his film, an NFL scout told last week that Warren projects as a mid-round pick.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Warren told reporters Monday, “I feel like I’m right up there with some of the best (cornerbacks) in the country.”

“But a lot of times it’s not going to matter individually, it’s a matter of what your team success has done (as to) how they look at you," Warren said. "But personally, I feel like I’m one of the top in the country with just my confidence and my ability that I have in myself.”

Still, Warren said he could see himself returning in an effort to get bigger and stronger and boost his draft stock, and to try and help Michigan football regain its footing atop the Big Ten.

“I definitely want to help this team get back to where it’s known to be,” he said. “Being a junior and coming back for my senior year, just to help the program get back on the right track and get the nasty feeling out of my mouth and be successful.

Michigan plays ninth-ranked Ohio State (9-2, 6-1) on Saturday. The Wolverines (5-6, 1-6) need one win to qualify for a bowl.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Tue, Nov 17, 2009 : 11:58 a.m.

I bleed blue, but Donavan doesnt have what it takes to be a corner in the league. He needs another year. Look at the film the last couple of games. there have been a lot of been plays on him.


Mon, Nov 16, 2009 : 7:36 p.m.

Warren should listen to his own advice. Draft slotting has a lot to do with what your team does and next years team will be worse than 2009's. If he want's to make any money, he should leave now while there is a modicum of good will toward this team.


Mon, Nov 16, 2009 : 7:01 p.m.

How can he play in the NFL? I thought we were told there was no talent on this team.


Mon, Nov 16, 2009 : 6:09 p.m.

Go pro....get your money while you can. With the way the defense plays and BG leaving, it only makes sense that you should capitalize on the chance to hit a contract that isn't affected by the new rookie salary cap rules that will go into effect the following draft. Leon Hall is doing well in Cinci and you are a better cb than hall.


Mon, Nov 16, 2009 : 5:10 p.m.

Donovan is a great player. We can only wish him the best in the NFL>