Stephen Schilling concentrates on second half of Michigan football season, puts aside NFL talk for now
When Stephen Schilling made his decision to play football at Michigan, he didn’t let anyone help with the decision-making process. His parents, Joanne and Ralph, didn’t know what university Schilling planned to attend until the day of his selection.
Now, with Schilling’s senior year winding down, he enlisted his parents to help sift through the mass of agent calls.
“I let them kind of do it because it’s easier,” Schilling said. “There’s guys that have contacted me, and I direct them to my parents.”
Schilling is doing this so he can focus on his final five regular-season games starting Saturday at Penn State (8 p.m., ESPN).
NFLDraftScout.com has the 6-foot-5, 308-pound Schilling as its No. 5 offensive guard and No. 78 overall player in the 2011 NFL Draft and lists him as a third-to-fourth rounder. The same site lists former Michigan and current Ohio State guard Justin Boren as the No. 8 guard and a potential fifth-round selection.
“You can’t really read too much into it,” Schilling said. “There’s a lot of time left and a lot of things can change. I’m more worried about the last five games here.
“I want to play well for Michigan, for our team to win, but if I play badly and we win, I’m happy. Obviously it’s my senior year, it’s closer to the NFL, but I’m more concerned with finishing my career right.”
Among Michigan’s other draft-eligible seniors, NFLDraftScout.com lists linebacker Jonas Mouton as the No. 25 outside linebacker and No. 325 overall prospect.
Offensive tackle Perry Dorrestein is 61st at his position and No. 740 overall and Obi Ezeh is the No. 21 inside linebacker and No. 446 overall prospect.