"All it takes is one team to like you."
"Jeremy LeSueur, Tony Pape and Chris Perry should go on the first day. Perry and Pape for sure, and they both have a chance at the first round. LeSueur has a chance at the first day, and should go in the fourth round at the worst."
And Navarre: "That guy will be in the NFL for quite a few years."
This morning Ouimet talks about those four.
Running Back Chris Perry.
Ouimet: "I sat with Chris Perry and his mom at the airport for three hours at the end of his visit. He was the back Michigan wanted -- he had the size Michigan likes in a back. And when we were sitting there he told me it was OSU and Michigan for him. We didn't know who he'd pick. You know, he was going to Fork Union, Eddie George's school. So when he left we figured it was 50-50. It was one of those 50-50 situations, and fortunately he chose us."
As far as Perry and the draft: "He'll definitely go on the first day, possibly in the first round. As far as skills, Perry has a little bit of everything: great hands, adequate speed, good feet, good vision, and he will run hard the majority of the time. The major question with him is blocking -- in the USC game he let some guys get past him to Navarre. The other question is whether he'll he be able to handle the NFL pounding -- he stayed healthy his last year but he had injuries on and off his earlier years. Perry needs to go to team that doesn't have a great back ... like the Lions for example. Will he be a starter his first year in the NFL? Probably not, but he will help a team."
Offensive Lineman Tony Pape.
"Tony was a High School All-American, a top recruit. He came in a year earlier than Perry -- he's a 5th year senior this year. Pape made a December official visit to Michigan, and we thought we had a great shot at him. It came down to Michigan and Miami Fla. if I remember, and Tennessee kept pushing him hard as well. Not long after his Michigan visit he just got tired of the recruiting pressure, from Tennessee particularly, and he picked us. He came in with John Navarre, and ended up protecting him for three years -- he sat behind Mo Williams and Backus his first two years I believe."
Regarding Pape and the draft: "I think he'll go in the late 2nd to early 3rd round ... fourth round at worst. He actually did not have the greatest senior year. But he has all the ability in the world. Is he as good as Hutch and Backus were? Probably not. Will he get job done? Yes. He's smart, he has an NFL body, good feet, he's good run blocker (Michigan thought a lot of moving him to guard early on), and he's good at reading his keys. And he stays healthy -- I don't think he missed a game in his three years as a starter. He does struggle one-on-one against quick-fast defensive ends, like he did against USC."
Defensive Back Jeremy LeSueur.
"I give Jeremy LeSueur a lot of credit. He came a long way at Michigan -- he had to overcome adversity both on the field and off. He came in with some knee problems, and he had ACL surgery pretty much right off the bat. And his off-the-field problems were well documented in the press. But he hung in there and kept progressing, and he made himself into a very good player."
"LeSueur was a Michgian Camper, and he committed to us at camp. He was the first commitment of that recruiting class -- the Pape/Navarre class. Which by the way shows how recruiting has sped up just in the past five years. We really liked Jeremy at camp -- a big cornerback with very good speed. And LeSueur has the distinction of having had the most DB coaches in the history of Michigan. He started with Vance Bedford, then Teryl Austin, and finally Ron English."
Regarding LeSueur and the draft: "I think he'll go in rounds 2-3-4. He improved during his career at Michigan -- he got bigger, stronger, and faster on the field. He improved every year, and had good junior and senior years. Remember this -- Teryl Austin coaches in Seattle, and Vance Bedford is in Chicago ... I wouldn't be surprised to see him to go one of those two teams. LeSueur will have good pro career -- he's big, he can hit, and he can take the pounding. And he's shown he will come back from adversity."
Quarterback John Navarre.
"John came to the Michigan Camp; he was at the same camp as Jeff Smoker ... and Andy Mignery -- that was a good quarterback camp. Stan Parrish was the quarterbacks coach then. We liked John -- a big, strong guy -- he was Wisconsin All State as a defensive end! Navarre left camp, and soon after committed to Gary Barnett at Northwestern. He really liked Michigan, but his problem with Michigan was the situation, namely Drew Henson. But when Barnett left Northwestern, John came over for a December visit ... it was kind've on the quiet. And soon after he decommitted to us."
"That guy! He's the Best Insurance Policy Michigan ever had! He was brought in as an insurance policy for Drew Henson, and look what happened. Henson's leaving elevated John into a starter earlier than anyone thought ... a year too early really ... but he capitalized on his opportunity. He started for basically four years, and he broke a lot of Wolverine records. John is smart, he has a good arm and he reads defenses well. And he has a great body to take the pounding in the NFL. He needs to go to a tean with a great QB coach to tutor him, like he had at Michigan with Scot Loeffler. And he has to adapt to the game coming at him quicker in the NFL. But he is smart enough and has a good enough arm. I don't think he'll go in the first day, but he'll get drafted -- and that guy will be in the NFL for quite a few years ... his career could go like Todd Collins'."