It begins with Mazi Smith, a 6-3, 323-pound defensive tackle who was the centre piece of Michigan’s defence last season. According to McShay, Smith will be the first Wolverine taken off the board – becoming the first pick in the second round (No. 32 overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Analysts are releasing their yearly mock draft projections in anticipation of the 2023 NFL draft, which will take place later this month. Recently, ESPN’s Todd McShay released his newest NFL mock draft on ESPN.com, and it has two Wolverines who might be first-round steals.
Start with defensive tackle Mazi Smith, who at 6-3 and 323 pounds was a key cog in Michigan’s defense last year. McShay predicts that the Pittsburgh Steelers will choose Smith with their first choice in the second round (No. 32 overall) from the University of Michigan.
McShay noted that Pittsburgh already had both Cameron Heyward and Larry Ogunjobi, a position where the team excels. It’s not a terrible idea to add defensive tackle depth for the Steelers to use against the division’s electric rushing assaults.
Smith, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 323 pounds, is a versatile NFL nose tackle because of his emphasis on power.
DJ Turner, a cornerback for the Wolverines, is the latest Michigan player getting draft buzz.
Turner ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.26 seconds at this year’s NFL combine, making him the quickest player there. A number of scouts, especially those who place a premium on speed in the secondary, took notice of his performance since his 40-yard sprint time ranked fifth all-time at the combine.
McShay predicts that the New England Patriots, with the No. 46 choice in the draft, might choose Turner.
Turner is a very smooth and fast player. He is able to mimic receivers’ every motion and performed the 40-yard sprint in 4.26 seconds (the quickest time at this year’s combine).
New England re-signed Jonathan Jones, but the secondary still needs more dynamic players. In the previous two years, Turner broke up 18 passes and made three interceptions.
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