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April 2019

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APRIL 2019 THE WOLVERINE 49 What They're Saying • "He might be a tricky evaluation because of inconsistent pro- duction last season, but Gary backed up his combine boast to nail the workouts. Great numbers in the 40, vertical jump and broad jump were exactly what the 6-4, 277-pounder needed. It's believed he's still going to be drafted somewhere relatively high in the first round, even with the questions over his positional fit and lack of edge-rush bend." —'s Eric Edholm • "At 6-4 3 ⁄8 and 277 pounds, his 4.58-second 40-yard dash is the fastest for any player weighing at least 275 pounds since 2003. His 10-yard split of 1.63 seconds is even more predictive — and equally as elite — to NFL success. Add in his 10-foot broad jump and 38-inch vertical, and it's easy to see why NFL evaluators are quite intrigued by this freakish big man." — NFL Network analytics expert Cynthia Frelund • "He's a workout freak. He has all kinds of potential, but needs to be cultivated and developed — all the ingredients are there and it's time to put them together. When you get a player with this kind of height, speed and weight with these traits, you take him at No. 8 and it's kind of an easy pick." — NFL Network's Lance Zierlein, who projected Gary to go No. 8 to the Detroit Lions in his March 4 mock draft • "He has a rare, rare com- bination of size and speed, and is very explosive, but the production doesn't nec- essarily match the skill set. After going back through and watching more tape on some of these guys as they go through the process, I still view him as a top-10 player. It wouldn't shock me if he was the second pick in the draft because there is tremendous upside with him. From a skill set standpoint, the ceiling for him is like Cam Jordan, one of the best defensive ends in the NFL. I know some people say he should kick inside, but I like him better on the edge." — NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah What They're Saying • "He came out early, and I was sur- prised. I thought he should have gone back to his alma mater for an- other year — but, man, he is huge. He's probably a later round pick who has some upside as a developmental player and will likely be an in-line tight end." — NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah • "Gentry is a limited athlete but at the same time is enormous, so he'll appeal to teams looking for that sort of dimension in their passing game. He could be a red-zone weapon in the future, and if that's the case, you can look past his lim- ited collegiate production. He is also still quite raw, and running a 4.9 40 was disappointing in every way, but he's going to be more of a zone buster who does the majority of his work within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage at the NFL level. … His size makes him a legitimate red- zone option. I didn't think he was used well in that regard at Michigan, but I'm curious to see which team drafts him and whether or not he has a defined role in the NFL right from the get-go. It'll be all about fit for Gentry — he has one of the more contentious situations as it relates to building a legitimate NFL career right off of draft day." — National Football Post's Dion Caputi, who called Gentry a fourth- to seventh-round pick March 8 DE RASHAN GARY Combine Results (Ranks) Height 6-4 Weight 277 pounds Hand size 9 5 ⁄8 inches Arm length 34 1/8 inches Wingspan 81 7 ⁄8 inches 40-yard dash 4.58 seconds (1st of 30) Bench press 26 reps (tied for 14th of 25) Vertical jump 38 inches (1st of 29) Broad jump 120 inches (tied for 2nd of 29) 3-cone drill 7.26 seconds (5th of 22) 20-yard shuttle 4.29 seconds (4th of 24) TE ZACH GENTRY Combine Results (Ranks) Height 6-8 Weight 265 pounds Hand size 9 1 ⁄2 inches Arm length 34 1 ⁄8 inches Wingspan 80 1 ⁄8 inches 40-yard dash 4.90 seconds (1st of 30) Bench press 12 reps (tied for 14th of 25) Vertical jump 29.5 inches (1st of 29) Broad jump 110 inches (tied for 2nd of 29) 3-cone drill 7.40 seconds (5th of 22) 20-yard shuttle 4.53 seconds (4th of 24) 60-yard shuttle 12.43 Seconds (15th of 16) NFL DRAFT RANKINGS • Ranked No. 10 tight end ('s Charlie Campbell, March 7) • Ranked No. 15 tight end and No. 274 overall player (, March 10) OAKLAND RAIDERS Bleacher Report's Chris Roling, March 14 DETROIT LIONS ESPN's Todd McShay, March 6; NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, March 5 CINCINNATI BENGALS USA Today's Nate Davis, March 14 GREEN BAY PACKERS Sports Illustrated's Kalyn Kahler, March 12 MIAMI DOLPHINS The Athletic's Dane Brugler, March 11 OAKLAND RAIDERS CBS Sports' Pete Prisco, March 13 4 8 11 12 13 24 NFL DRAFT PROJECTIONS PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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