Michigan Wolverines: Why Devin Funchess is a First Rounder


While there are many receivers in the country who are considered top prospects, with Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper as my personal favorite. However, Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Devin Funchess has all the credentials to be a first round talent too.

At 6-foot-5 and weighing 230 pounds, Funchess has the size to be a huge mismatch problem for opposing corners in the NFL.

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Hmm, who else has that same size frame?

Calvin Johnson, Kelvin Benjamin, Vincent Jackson? All big name receivers in the game today.

Ok, maybe I am getting a little ahead of myself, but maybe I am not.

A lot of teams are looking into picking up mismatch receivers who offer size and strength instead of speed and quickness. Personally, I would rather have speed, but I don’t coach in the NFL.

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For Funchess though, he could easily be compared to these great players who are making impacts for their teams based on their size.

Some teams that could use a receiver are the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

For the Colts, wide receiver Reggie Wayne is getting older, Hakeem Nicks most likely will be a free agent, and T.Y. Hilton’s speed is unmatched. That being said, why not counter his speed with some size?

For the Panthers, Benjamin is already proving to be a big weapon for quarterback Cam Newton, but why not give his another choice at his arsenal?

For the Jaguars, if quarterback Blake Bortles is going to develop, you need to give him pieces to grow and Funchess could easily be that guy.

At times this year, I have not been impressed with how Funchess is playing. However, I will give him a little bit of a pass since it just isn’t a good year for the Wolverines.

With Funchess being eligible for the NFL Draft after this season, which he most likely will declare for, it will be no surprise when this big receiver is causing problems for opposing defenses on Sundays.