Michigan will hold “NFL combine” on campus in October

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The University of Michigan won’t play football this fall, with the Big Ten having postponed its season. That hasn’t stopped the Wolverines from continuing voluntary practices.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will have his team hold an NFL-like combine at Michigan Stadium on Oct. 24, Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News reports. That is the day UM was scheduled to play Ohio State in a restructured schedule that the Big Ten scrapped last week.

That will keep the UM players engaged by participating in combine-specific drills — the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, three-cone drill, vertical jump and bench press — four days a week for the next nine weeks, according to Chengelis. The players also will do position-specific drills and agility work.

The Wolverines returned to campus for voluntary practices Aug. 10.

UM expects the even to draw NFL scouts, giving them an opportunity to watch and test players who won’t play games this fall. It also could help UM players eligible for the 2021 NFL draft a better idea of whether to return for a winter or spring college season, assuming the Big Ten plays, after getting an NFL evaluation.

Two Michigan players — cornerback Ambry Thomas and right tackle Jalen Mayfield — already have declared for the 2021 NFL draft.

2 responses to “Michigan will hold “NFL combine” on campus in October

  1. Give Harbaugh credit for thinking outside the box again . Great way to keep the players engaged as well as getting them some of the NFL attention they lost by not playing . Thinking other coaches will follow his lead .

  2. I think Harbaugh just wants to get close to tn the NFL again so he might get the chance to coach in the pros again to get away from the mess he has made of Michigan football.

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