ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the first time the Michigan football program will participate in a draft prior to the Apr. 4 spring game at the big house.
In recent years, thanks in large part to depth issues on both sides of the ball, Michigan’s spring game has essentially consisted of a short scrimmage after roughly over an hour of individual drills and stretching.
This time around under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, the Wolverines will be split into teams by its coaching staff, creating excitement amongst the team.
“I’m excited for it,” senior wide receiver Amara Darboh said Tuesday. “I think it’s going to be different from what we had before so I’m excited for it. We’re going to have a draft I hear so we’ll wait and see.”
“This whole week is kind of proving yourself to get high on that draft board,” added Darboh.
With deficiencies from a numbers standpoint on both the offensive and defensive line in recent years, Michigan will have the horses for split squads to go 11-on-11 for a couple of hours in front of thousands of fans in Ann Arbor.
Speaking with several players Tuesday, there’s a great sense of eagerness leading up to the informal showdown.
“Coach told us yesterday and it’s just exciting to compete,” sophomore defensive tackle Bryan Mone said. “I know last year we did have a little scrimmage at the end but this is; it’s coming.”
“Hopefully the winners get something,” Mone added. “Other than gassers.”
Asked who his first pick would be in the draft, Mone quickly responded.
“I got to take my baby Ryan Glasgow,” Mone said. “That’s my nose right there.”
Although starting positions for the fall won’t be decided until well into fall camp, Darboh believes the draft and the spring game itself can be a tremendous proving ground.
“I think it’s just all in our head basically,” Darboh said. “We know, since the spring game is coming up, we have limited time.
“They haven’t told us too much about it but I think coaches are probably going to pick teams so we’ll see but we’re assuming whoever does the best at practice will get picked higher.”