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April 2020

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50 THE WOLVERINE APRIL 2020 BY AUSTIN FOX T he NFL combine was held Feb. 23 through March 2 in Indianapolis, and Michigan saw 11 of its players take part in the annual event. Here is a look at how each of them performed and their professional out‑ looks heading into the April 23‑25 NFL Draft: OL BEN BREDESON Combine Results/Ranks Height: 6‑5 Weight: 315 Hand size: 10 1 ⁄8 Arm length: 31 1 ⁄8 40-yard dash: Did not participate (DNP) due to injury Bench press: DNP due to injury Vertical jump: DNP due to injury Broad jump: DNP due to injury 3-cone drill: DNP due to injury 20-yard shuttle: DNP due to injury What They're Saying • "[He is] a smart, talented guard and one of the safest picks in the draft." — • "Ben Bredeson projects as a start‑ ing guard at the NFL level. There ap‑ pears to be enough versatility to proj‑ ect Bredeson into a number of concepts and systems, although his functional power and ability to reset the line of scrimmage should have him coveted highest on boards that implement pri‑ marily gap/power rushing concepts. Bredeson, if able to work on getting his initial hand strikes to stick on defend‑ ers with more consistency, would be a quality starter and asset up front." —'s Kyle Crabbs Draft Projections/Ranks • No. 59 — Seattle Seahawks (Draft‑ on March 4) • No. 89 — Minnesota Vikings (CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson on March 9) • No. 114 overall prospect in the draft and the 24th‑best offensive line‑ man (CBS Sports) CB LAVERT HILL Combine Results/Ranks Height: 5‑10 Weight: 190 Hand size: 9 1 ⁄8 Arm length: 30 7 ⁄8 40-yard dash: DNP Bench press: 21 reps (tied for third out of 23 corners who participated) Vertical jump: DNP Broad jump: DNP 3-cone drill: DNP 20-yard shuttle: DNP What They're Saying • "Hill's size and the lack of physi‑ cality is important, especially with tackling and being able to be a guy you can trust in that area. When you are one‑on‑one, you have to be able to make a play and not allow yards after catch or take down a running back or tight end. Then you have to be able to make those plays in open space, and that is the question about Lavert Hill. As a cover guy, though, he's shown he can get the job done. With the pace of the game and the way it's played, I could see him end up being [picked] in that third to fifth round." — ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. • "He projects well into a nickel role because of his quickness, shiftiness and experience there. He has been used as a blitzer and end man on the line of scrimmage when tasked with his slot alignment. In coverage, Hill rarely overreaches or overextends, attaching himself to the hip of the receiver. He al‑ lows for minimal space and separation in their stems, crowding their route breaks." — TIME TO SHINE Former Wolverines Stand Out At The NFL Combine Former U-M offensive lineman Ben Bredeson was not able to participate in testing at the NFL Combine but is still highly regarded by many. PHOTO BY PER KJELDSEN

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