Tweets and pictures from begun to emerge from Michigan's Pro Day this morning, and there are several notable NFL names in attendance while every team is reportedly represented. No fewer than eight current head coaches and a couple of general managers are present, which led NFL Network's Andrew Groover to tweet: "Basically the whole NFL is here."
Some of the notable names spotted at the event that saw 19 former U-M players work out include:
• Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert
• Jets head coach Todd Bowles
• Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
• Titans head coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Jon Robinson
• Saints head coach Sean Payton
• Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis
• Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum
• Texans defensive line coach Anthony Weaver
• Bears defensive backs coach Ed Donatell
NFL Network's Mike Mayock also interviewed head coach Jim Harbaugh (video), and asked if he had mixed feelings because while it's good to send players to the NFL, that means they have a lot of talent going out the door.
"We don't feel like we're losing them," Harbaugh said. "The overwhelming feeling is you just have so much good feeling and pride because you know how hard the guys have worked. It's what player development looks like. To have so many that are going through the process, that is such a joy. They have been working for this for years. To have the great turnout — all of the teams, so many head coaches and general managers — it's happening, it's exciting."
Some of the buzz that has already emerged from the event:
Impressive to see Michigan's contingent of draft-eligible players at pro day. 6 to 8 of these guys look like they could start tomorrow.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 24, 2017
TE Jake Butt tells Mike Mayock he could be ready to play again by mid-July. Ahead of schedule.
— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) March 24, 2017
The full quote of what the record-setting tight end told Mayock (via NFL.com): "I'm not rushing anything, but I am ahead of schedule. I'm doing everything the trainers are asking me to do. I'm right on track. Timetable-wise, it could be as early as mid-July. That would be six months, but it could be as late as October 10th, which would put me at nine months, could be anywhere between then."
— Jim Kielbaso (@JimKielbaso) March 24, 2017
Chesson timed a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine, so that would be a significant improvement (although it's worth noting that the combine is electronically timed, while pro day relies on hand timing).
Michigan may end up with more draftees than any other school. Could top OSU's 12 from '16. Multiple sets of eyes at the pro day makes sense.
— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) March 24, 2017
Ryan Glasgow put up 24 reps today. Up from 20 at the combine.
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) March 24, 2017
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) March 24, 2017
— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) March 24, 2017
— Michigan Equipment (@HailEquipment) March 24, 2017
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