A look at how 3 Michigan football players upgraded their draft stock at the NFL Combine
INDIANAPOLIS — Three former Michigan football players went to Indianapolis with specific goals for wooing NFL scouts at the combine.
And they more or less did it.
Here's a look of what Mike Martin, David Molk and Junior Hemingway did for their draft stock at the combine, with Michigan's pro day looming next week. Each is expected to make an appearance, although participation levels will vary.
40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds (19th out of 40 receivers)
3-cone drill: 6.59 seconds (1st)
20-yard shuttle: 3.98 seconds (T-1st)
Bench press: 21 reps (T-3rd)
Vertical jump: 35.5 inches (T-22nd)
Broad jump: 124.0 inches (8th)
Best-case scenario: 7th round
Worst-case scenario: Undrafted free agent
Known interviews: Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Tennessee Titans
Takeaway: Hemingway was one of the heaviest receivers at the combine, weighing in at 225 pounds, and he needed to show enough speed to quiet doubts about whether he can create separation at the next level. He did that, with an adequate 40 time and a tremendous showing in explosiveness/change-of-direction drills. He also showed good hands in the receiver drills, helping to boost his draft chances. Was ranked in the Nos. 30-50 range among receivers entering the combine, with just 28 taken last year. His forecast should be brighter as the dust settles from the weekend.
- Junior Hemingway boosts draft case
- Hemingway meets goal for 40-yard dash
- Hemingway on Michigan QB Denard Robinson
40-yard dash: 4.88 seconds (3rd among defensive tackles)
3-cone drill: 7.19 seconds (3rd)
20-yard shuttle: 4.25 seconds (2nd)
Bench press: 36 (T-2nd)
Vertical jump: 33.5 inches (4th)
Broad jump: 113.0 inches (1st)
Best-case scenario: Late first round
Worst-case scenario: Third round
Known interviews: Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Takeaway: Martin will be hindered by his 6-foot-1 frame, but there's no question he proved to be one of the most athletic defensive tackles in this class. He ranked among the top five in every category at his position, despite being outside the top 10 in most projections. Expect to see his stock rise in the coming weeks, as teams and analysts review his tape. He likely will be a second-round selection in a draft that is deep at his position.
- Martin among top 4 defensive tackles
- Martin falls short of combine record in bench press
- Iowa player says Martin was strongest player in Big Ten
40-yard dash: N/A
3-cone drill: N/A
20-yard shuttle: N/A
Bench press: 41 (1st among offensive linemen)
Vertical jump: N/A
Broad jump: N/A
Best-case scenario: 2nd round
Worst-case scenario: 5th round
Known interviews: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Takeaway: Molk had one event, as foot surgery prevented him from competing in the field drills, and made it count with 41 reps in the bench press. That blew away projected No. 1 center Peter Konz (18 reps), as well as consensus No. 2 Mike Brewster (29). But at 6-foot-1, 298 pounds, he's smaller than both those guys and likely is pigeonholed into playing for a zone-blocking team. He hopes to run at Michigan's pro day next week, which could help his case. There still is a lot of variance in his draft stock, but he certainly helped himself at the combine. Demand also seems to be higher than usual for centers.