Final mock draft simulator: Where Michigan football players get drafted

We are now hours away from the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

We’ve done one simulated mock draft before, and now that it’s draft day, we are going to do one more. Pro Football Network has an updated draft board and we cycled through all seven rounds to see where the Wolverine football players ended up going.

In real life, the maize and blue have a couple of players who could go in the first round: DJ Turner and Mazi Smith. But in this sim. there weren’t any Michigan players to go in round one.

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There will be several Wolverines to go in the middle rounds or late rounds and it will be intriguing to see where they all end up.

Without further ado, here is where all the Michigan football players ended up going during our simualted mock draft.

DJ Turner -- Round two, pick No. 34, Arizona Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals need a ton of help and the secondary is one big need. DJ Turner slides into the second round in this simulated mock draft and he would be fighting for a starting spot on day one.

As you might expect from a Feldman Freak with a documented 4.28 40-yard dash and an absurd reported 6.29 three-cone, athleticism is a strong point on Turner’s scouting report. At 6’0″, 181 pounds, with above-average proportional length, Turner brings a very appealing brand of mobility to the fold.

On the boundary, Turner is visibly explosive. He can easily turn and run with receivers, accelerating upfield quickly, and shows excellent accelerative capacity when flipping upfield in press bail. The Michigan CB gears up very quickly out of transitions, and quickly reaches his top speed. Additionally, Turner flashes superb initial burst when closing downhill on screens, and he accelerates very quickly when he’s able to open up his strides.


Mazi Smith -- Round two, pick No. 46, New England Patriots

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Mazi Smith is trending more toward the bottom of the first round, but it’s definitely not out of the question he ends up in the second round. The Patriots have had a thing for selecting Michigan players and it wouldn’t be a shock to see them take Smith if he would be available.

At 6’3″, 337 pounds, Smith has a massive, naturally well-leveraged frame. With his size, he can shrug off chip blocks and absorb double-teams.

Of course, it’s well-advertised that Smith isn’t just incredibly big. He’s very athletic, too. That much was clear when he was the top freak on Feldman’s Freaks list in the summer. Per Feldman, Smith has a 33″ vertical jump, a 9’4.5″ broad jump, and an absurd 6.95 three-cone time. He’s also logged 22 reps of 325 pounds on the bench press. At the NFL Combine, the weight utilized is 225.


Olu Oluwatimi -- Round four, pick No. 123, Los Angeles Rams

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Olu Oluwatimi is projected to go anywhere from round three to round five. Seeing him end up in Los Angeles with the Rams would be good for Oluwatimi if he wants to see early playing time. LA is going through a rebuild, it appears, and the Rams may use young guys early.

Assignment-sound blocker who has great awareness of attack angles.

Utilizes great functional power, slabbing opponents with heavy hands and torque.

Has the grip strength to latch and maintain his anchor amidst stress.

Active and alert as a help blocker, and can easily gather defenders stunting across-face.


Ronnie Bell -- Round five, pick No. 144, New York Jets

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This one may be a reach, but Ronnie Bell has the ability to make an impact on any team. I’ve seen Bell as high as round five, but it seems most mock drafts have him going in either the sixth or seventh round. But if Bell would end up with the Jets, he would have a future Hall of Famer throwing him the ball.

Bell is a steady veteran. He can run routes, contort and extend for the football, line up on the boundary and in the slot, and work through contact.


Mike Morris -- Round five, pick No. 146, New Orleans Saints

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Mike Morris seems to be sliding down the draft boards with more and more mock drafts coming out. At one time he seemed like he would go in the second round, but Morris looks more like a third to fifth round selection.

Morris has the raw power to drive blockers backward even moments after making contact. But he also shows off the necessary functional application to maximize his power output. He has urgent, constant leg drive at contact, and can drive power forward with overwhelming leg churn. Moreover, Morris flashes above-average flexibility in his hips, which he uses to generate torque from his lower body while rolling his hips through contact.

Tight ends are easily displaced by Morris’ power on outside running plays. In those instances, the Michigan EDGE can easily shift the line back. He can also use his hips to torque and extend at contact, pry off anchors, and surge to the apex. Morris’ hands flash overwhelming knock-back power, even without fully loading at times. He can knock back blockers and then successively apply torque and work around them with efficiency.

Luke Schoonmaker -- Round five, pick No. 157, Baltimore Ravens

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Surprise, surprise the Baltimore Ravens selecting a Michigan Wolverine. Schoonmaker’s draft projection various a ton. I’ve seen him as high as the third round and as low as the fifth.

If a team wants a complete tight end, they will be happy getting Schoonmaker who can block and has great catching hands.

Jake Moody -- Round six, pick No. 194, Detroit Lions

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Jake Moody is getting mocked to go to the Detroit Lions quite a bit recently. If that’s the case, Moody will stay in Michigan and continue to kick.

Whoever selects Moody will receive a very accurate and confident kicker.

Undrafted Wolverines

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Ryan Hayes, Gemon Green, Brad Robbins, and Joel Honigford were all unselected during this simulated mock draft.

Hayes has a good chance to go late in the draft, but the other three will most likely be undrafted free agents.

Story originally appeared on Wolverines Wire