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McShay weighs in on Wolverines' draft prospects

Daily Sports Writers
Published February 22, 2008

TM: Well, I think that that's just what he's going to be. He's going to be a No. 3, at best, probably a No. 4 receiver, possession receiver-type guy. He catches the ball well. He competes for the ball. He goes up and makes some big some plays. I think he continues to improve every year. The circumstance dictated him leaving early, obviously with the coaching changes and so on and so forth. I would have liked to see him play for another year and continue to develop, to see if he can be that No. 1 guy, but it is what it is, so now he's in this class. I think he'll probably end up mid-round range.

: What about Henne?
TM: I like Chad Henne more than some other people, I guess. I think he's the third best quarterback in this class. I think that what he lacks in mobility, he makes up with absolute, unbelievable toughness and mental aptitude. He understands the game. He's a very accurate passer. The key is can he overcome the lack of ideal feet and moving around? If he can do that at the next level, I think he can be a very good starter.

: Would you consider him one of the smartest quarterback in the draft this year, in terms of football knowledge?
TM: I think that he's got the experience. He's a four-year starter at the highest level. He has everything in terms of the intangibles and the mental aspect. I think he's as good, if not better, as everyone, including Matt Ryan, in terms of intangibles and intelligence

: How many questions are there still about his injuries?
TM: You know, the shoulder is always a situation. You're always concerned about the shoulder, because it's what you have to have. You have to have good health, so I think it could play into it. It'll be interesting to see how the tests come out. If he's a 100%, that'll be a big, and I expect he will be. He's showed a lot of toughness fighting through that injury.

: Looking at who needs quarterbacks, where do you see him falling in the draft?
TM: I think second round. That would be my best guess now. There's still a lot of time between now and the draft, but I would guess he'll be the third or fourth quarterback, in that range. Early-to-mid second round.

: What about Hart? He was obviously great in college. Can he translate to the next level?
TM: He's tough, because he didn't translate into college. He's 5 foot 9. He's about a 197 pounds. He doesn't have anything you'd expect physically from an elite back, but he's got that competitiveness, that vision. He has all the little things you need to be a good running back. I know this - I won't count him out from being a starter at the next level. Nothing about his game translates very well except the toughness and all those sorts of things.

And with that, McShay was off to do more radio work. It would have been interesting to see what McShay thought about Michigan's defensive prospects, especially linebacker/defensive end Shawn Crable, who has all the physical tools to be successful at the next level but hasn't exactly shown the most discipline in the world.

Check back with The Game through Monday. We'll be posting Michigan players' 40-yard dash and other drill times and scores as they come in.