Devin Funchess to Leave University of Michigan for NFL


Devin Funchess, the top wide receiver at the University of Michigan, has announced that he will fore go his senior season in order to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Funchess’ decision to go pro was announced on Tuesday, according to a statement he made through the university’s athletic website as well as via Twitter.

His collegiate career at U-M ends with 126 catches for 1,715 yards and 15 touchdowns in a three-year span.

"“It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the NFL, and I am prepared to take the next step in my journey,” Funchess said. “I want to personally thank [coach Brady] Hoke and his staff. I’ve learned life and character lessons from them, and they have helped me become a better person and man.”"

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Funchess was originally drafted as a tight end recruit. He enjoyed a breakout season in 2013, where he caught 49 passes for 748 yards and six touchdowns. Then-coach Brady Hoke moved Funchess to wide receiver last spring in order to maximize Funchess’ potential.

2014 would prove to be tough year at U-M all the way around though Inconsistent play at quarterback as well as nagging injuries would take its toll on Funchess however, and he would finish his junior season with 62 catches for 743 yards.

The Michigan native’s 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame makes him a versatile pass-catcher and an attractive professional prospect. He is ranked as  a potential late first round pick according to’s recent Big Board Rankings and the No. 1 tight end prospect in the draft by ESPN’s Mel Kiper.

"“He dropped some catchable balls, but he’s a big target and he’s got a lot of athletic ability,” Kiper said. “He’s probably going to be a second-round pick. He didn’t have a great year. He was a little inconsistent but he’s got a lot of talent.”"

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Rumors of Funchess turning pro heated up last week when a report showed that he was strongly considering signing with Roc Nation sports agency, which is owned by rap mogul Jay-Z. Funchess said he leaves Ann Arbor with fond memories of the school and its football program.

"“I love Michigan,” he said. “From the former players to the fans, it’s a special place. The opportunity to play in the Big House in front of 100,000 strong each week, those are memories that will last with me forever. It’s been an honor to strap on the winged helmet for three years with my teammates, and I will always bleed maize and blue.”"

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