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JUST IN: AP Top 25 poll released – Michigan makes biggest jump

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After a perfect 5-0 start to the season, and a dominant performance against the Providence Friars on Sunday, the Michigan basketball team has made a big impression across the country jumping nine spots to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll.

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Suffocating defense, a well-oiled machine on offense, and the surprising fast-break ability of the 2018-19 Wolverines seem to point to this team being for real. They are led by a cast of veterans including Charles Mathews and Zavier Simpson at guard as well as the stand-out freshman Ignas Brazdeikis. Depth and clutch shooting from behind the arc have all contributed to this early success including a huge 73-46 victory in the finals rematch with Villanova last week.

Michigan will face a tough test coming up next Wednesday as they welcome the No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels to the Crisler Center.

Ohio State and Wisconsin also made their season debut to the poll leaving the Big Ten and ACC tied with 6 teams in the AP Top 25. The Michigan State Spartans check in at No. 11 while the Duke Blue Devils remain No. 1.

This college basketball season is already shaping up to be one to watch.

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Michigan basketball SKYROCKETS in latest Power Rankings

We may be in the thick of the college football season but if you have been paying attention to college hoops, you realize something special is going on with the University of Michigan basketball.

After advancing all the way to the NCAA Championship Game in April, the Wolverines knew they would have their work cut out for them if they want to make another run this season.

Well, so far, so good for Michigan as they are off to a 5-0 start on the season.

Not only have the Wolverines’ won their first five games but it’s how they have gone about their business which has been impressive. Up to this point, Michigan is allowing just 47 points per contest while scoring just over 68. Their defense has been absolutely suffocating as only one team (George Washington) has been able to score over 47 points vs. the Wolverines.

To read the rest, please click on the link below:

https://detroitsportsnation.com/u-of-m-news/ddrysdale/michigan-basketball-skyrockets-latest-power-rankings/11-2018/198584/

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JUST IN: Michigan gets two offensive weapons back from injury

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For those of you who were able to attend the Michigan Spring Game/Practice (or at least were able to stream it), you got a sneak peek at what the Wolverines’ offense will look like in 2019.

But even if you did catch the game/practice, you were not able to see their full repertoire of offensive weapons, including receiver Nico Collins and running back Christin Turner.

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According to Michigan’s new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis, both Collins and Turner returned for the last practice or two of the spring.

From Wolverines Wire:

“Yeah, Christian was able to come back towards the end,” Gattis said. “Obviously, we were able to see him early on. He’s such an explosive player as a runner. He’s often a guy – the message from me to Christian is: ‘Slow down, sometimes.’ Everything doesn’t have to be so fast. I’m excited about the skillset that he brings, just from his explosive nature as a running back. He’s got great balance, vision and body control – everything you need to be an elite running back. And so I’m really excited about, when we get him back fully, Coach Jay Harbaugh being able to take his development to the next level and make him an elite player.

“And then, I was fortunate to see Nico get back out there yesterday. Nico did some individual drills. To see a big kid like that be able to sink his hips and stick his foot in the ground in transition, that just made my spring finish off the right way, being able to get him back in (individual drills) and how excited I am about him and his development. Obviously, he missed quite a bit, a big chunk of (individual drills). So I’ve gotta catch him up now, and he’s gotta catch himself up throughout the summer. Obviously, people have been able to see the talented player he is. I think he can be an elite receiver – I really do believe in that. And I’m excited to get a chance to work with him when we get back in the fall, and take his game to the next level.”

Though it is a great sign that Collins and Turner were able to return, starting wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones was unable to give it a go.

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Detroit Lions ‘All-Local’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft

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This coming Thursday, the 2019 NFL Draft will officially begin.

Over the past few months, if you are anything like me, you have read literally hundreds upon hundreds of Detroit Lions’ mock drafts.

So, I figured it would be fun to think outside the box (but inside the state) to come up with what an ‘All-local’ Lions draft could look like.

Check it out.

Round 1 – Devin Bush Jr. (LB) Michigan or Rashan Gary (DL) Michigan

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Round 2 – Justin Layne (CB) Michigan State or David Long (CB) Michigan

Round 3 – Sean Bunting (CB) Central Michigan or Chase Winovich (DL) Michigan

Round 4 – Maxx Crosby (Edge) Eastern Michigan

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Round 5 – Khari Willis (S) Michigan State

Round 6 – Xavier Crawford (CB) Central Michigan

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Round 6 – Karan Higdon (RB) Michigan

Round 7 – Zach Gentry (TE) Michigan

Round 7 – LJ Scott (RB) Michigan State

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Now, I know there is a .0000001% chance of this actually happening, but those players should be available when the Lions are on the clock in each round.

If you want to read my ‘Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL mock draft’ please click on the link below. It also includes a local player.

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

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BREAKING: Michigan defensive end Ryan Veingrad announces he is transferring

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According to University of Michigan defensive end Ryan Veingrad, he will enter the transfer portal and hopes to play elsewhere in the future.

Veingrad, who was a walk-on, is a survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

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Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

Detroit Lions’ Perfect 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Final Edition

It has been a marathon but we are almost to the promised land which is the 2019 NFL Draft!

After hours and hours of research, all of the so-called “experts” will soon be unveiling their final mock draft of the season and none of them will end up being correct.

I, on the other hand, do not claim to be an expert. Instead, I am just a huge fan of the Detroit Lions who happens to believe to know what the Lions’ biggest needs are and which available prospects can fill those needs.

That being said, here is my final crack at what I believe the “perfect” Detroit Lions’ draft would look like.

*Remember, this is NOT what I think Lions’ GM Bob Quinn WILL do in the upcoming draft, it is what I think he SHOULD do.

Round 1, Pick 8

Ed Oliver (DL) Houston

I absolutely LOVE Ed Oliver if he is available when the Detroit Lions are on the clock with the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. Whether or not he will be available is the big question.

Oliver is an absolute beast and he could come in and make an immediate impact for a Lions defense that should be greatly improved in 2019.

From Dane Brugler (The Athletic):

STRENGTHS: Fluid body control to wriggle off blocks…excellent foot quickness and change of direction skills…shot out of a cannon with his first step…forces holding penalties due to his gap quickness…creates knockback with his speed-to-power skills…ball awareness to track through blocks…uses natural leverage to stay underneath the pads of blockers…better than expected play strength as a run defender…highly aggressive motor and effort never wanes, chasing down plays near the sidelines…dominated from the moment he stepped onto campus and leaves as a three-time All-American, collecting 54.0 tackles for loss over 33 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks desired frame and length…needs to continue and develop his body and stay in the 280-285 pound range (weighed 274 for most of his final season at Houston)…relied more on motor than brute power to overwhelm blockers in college…not a bull rusher…undeveloped approach with his hands…below- average counter measures once locked up…faced inferior competition in the AAC…several immature moments in college, including an on-field altercation with head coach Major Applewhite regarding a coat issue on the sideline — Oliver has a “young attitude” and has “growing up to do,” according to an NFL scout…missed five games as a junior with a right knee bruise (November 2018) and was limited at the combine with a strained hamstring (February 2019).

SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Houston, Oliver was one of college football’s most disruptive players over the last three years, spending most of his time at nose tackle for the Cougars. With his football flexibility and natural biomechanics, he has rare athletic ability for the position with the backfield vision to recognize play designs and disrupt from different angles. Oliver still requires time to develop his body, mind and technique at the next level. He will struggle with long-armed blockers who get to his frame and control his chest, but his energy and motor are both elite. Overall, Oliver won’t be a natural fit for every NFL scheme, but he is an ideal one-gap penetrator due to his athleticism, instincts and relentless nature, projecting best when he is lined up closest to the football.

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