The Opening: Michigan Lineman Prospects

The Michigan Insider breaks down the top lineman interested in Michigan from todays lineman challenge.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Big hits, pancakes and an occasional fight were the theme of day two of The Opening lineman challenge.

In the end, 10 players made the top group.

On the offensive side, (from left tackle to right tackle) the five included: Greg Little, Michael Onwenu, Baveon Johnson, Terrance Davis and E.J. Price.

On the defensive side, (from left end to right end) the five included: Erick Fowler, Rashan Gary, Derrick Brown, Raekwon Davis and Shane Simmons.

As far as Michigan is concerned, here were the top lineman in attendance with U-M interest.

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech 2016 OG and current Michigan commit Michael Onwenu played today despite now being allowed to wear pads. That didn’t stop him from making the final group, and it was deserved. Onwenu was one of the only linemen to play all five positions on the line today. However, he excelled at offensive guard, where he showed a good drop step with a good a punch. He did struggle on the outside with faster pass rushers, but again, he won’t being there in college anyways.

Terrance Davis, who stars at Hyattsville (Md) Dematha Catholic, made the final group as a guard today. He won most of his one-on-one matchups throughout the day, and bull rushing him wasn’t a good idea. Like Onwenu, he struggled with the faster defensive lineman. That being said, it was altogether a solid performance by Davis on day two at The Opening.

Four-star 2016 OT E.J. Price put in a solid day two in the trenches. He made the final group, and used every bit of his 6-foot-6, 312-pound frame on the outside. His length came into play with the speedy outside rushers. He got beat sometimes, but still won the majority of his matchups.

A native of Hawaii, Michael Eletise struggled at times versus the speedy pass rushers. However, the down lineman tried to bulrush him had little success. He bends well, and moves pretty well for his size. He will need to work on his quickness and technique as he progresses, but overall he had a decent showing today.

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic 2016 DT Rashan Gary showed why he is indeed the top player in the country today. His speed for his size – 6-foot-4, 286-pounds – is off the charts. He blew by most of defenders all afternoon. He even showed a couple nice moves off the line scrimmage. Very impressive showing to say the least, and the sad thing is, he could’ve done even better.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 2016 DT Boss Tagaloa had an up and down day. At 6-foot-1, 295-pounds, he got outmuscled by a fewer of the bigger opponents. It looked like he was adjusting to the size out there, but still he’ll need a better day three. Which, he admitted afterwards, he is capable of.

Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy College Preparatory 2016 DE Connor Murphy had his moments in day two of The Opening. At 6-foot-7, 250-pounds, he’ll need to add size at the next level. Why? Well, it showed when linemen were able to get lower pad level at the line of scrimmage. Although, when he was able to use his speed, he was able to beat his opponent. He did show nice strength on a bull rush sack. To close out his day.


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