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2015 NFL DRAFT

Devin Funchess, TE

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
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02/24/2015 - 2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Players Who Hurt Themselves: Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan: After switching from tight end to receiver this past season, scouts viewed Funchess as a potential Kelvin Benjamin clone. After getting clocked at 4.70 seconds in the 40-yard dash, however, scouts now wonder if the 6-5, 232 pounder has the burst to get past cornerbacks or the strength and aggression to move back inside. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/19/2015 - 2015 NFL Combine Quick Hits: When asked which position he prefers to play, Michigan's Devin Funchess simply responded: "Ballplayer." He said NFL teams have been speaking to him as both and will play wherever teams want him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 32/7. *Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan, 6-5, 230, 4.63, 1-2...After earning freshman All-America honors as a tight end in 2012, then winning the Big-Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year Award in 2013, one might think he was made for that position. In reality, Funchess was more of a hybrid much of his sophomore year and in 2014 he moved outside full time and donned the No. 1 jersey famously worn by previous star wideouts at Michigan, including Anthony Carter and Braylon Edwards. He did the jersey proud, catching 62 passes for 733 yards and four touchdowns and finished with at least one reception in 24 straight games, tied for the ninth-longest streak in school history. Funchess uses his length and great flexibility to get to the ball, but despite history as a tight end he is a bit lean and should put on some muscle before doing battle in the NFL. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/10/2014 - Michigan WR Devin Funchess headed to NFL...Michigan junior wide receiver Devin Funchess announced Tuesday that he plans to forgo his remaining college eligibility in Ann Arbor and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. He is projected as a first-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com. "I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their support," Funchess said. "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. 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. I love Michigan."

A second-team All-Big Ten wide receiver, Funchess is currently ranked as the No. 6 wide receiver prospect for the 2015 class and No. 32 player overall. The former tight end led Michigan in receiving this past season with 62 catches for 733 yards and four touchdowns, his first season as a true wideout. While some around the league believe he should stay at tight end in the mold of Jermichael Finley, most think his NFL future is at wide receiver where he compares to Alshon Jeffery. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/10/2014 - Michigan WR Devin Funchess headed to NFL...With tall, well-built receivers highly coveted in the NFL, Funchess has the physical and athletic traits that make him an attractive prospect. He has 4.5 speed and the catching radius to be a mismatch nightmare against defensive backs or safeties. While there is no question he is a height/weight/speed freak, Funchess does need to improve his reliability at the catch point and improve his focus from start to finish in order to reach his full potential. If he is drafted in the first two rounds, Funchess would join Braylon Edwards as the only Michigan receivers drafted in the first 64 picks since 2002. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/10/2014 - Michigan WR Devin Funchess declares for draft...Despite a disappointing junior season, Michigan receiver Devin Funchess will enter the NFL Draft, the Wolverines announced...Michigan junior wide receive Devin Funchess has elected to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, the Wolverines announced Tuesday. "I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for their support," Funchess said. "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 finished the 2014 season with 62 receptions for 733 yards and four touchdowns, all team highs. He named second-team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches. But in a reflection of his team's disappointing 5-7 campaign and 114th-place finish in FBS total offense, both Funchess' yards and touchdowns were down from his 2013 totals (748 and six, respectively) despite the departure of 1,000-yard receiver Jeremy Gallon. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Funchess was listed as a tight end his first two seasons in Ann Arbor before becoming a full-time wideout in 2014. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

08/08/2014 - 2014 BIG TEN FOOTBALL PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH (MEDIA): Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan...Funchess, who has been included on preseason watch lists for the Biletnikoff Award, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year, moves to wide receiver in 2014 after appearing in the first 26 games of his career at tight end. Last season, he was named the Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year and a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award in addition to earning first team All-Big Ten acclaim after hauling in 49 catches for 748 yards and six touchdowns.

His receiving yards were the highest single-season total by a U-M tight end in program history. In his career, Funchess has 64 receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns. He enters the 2014 season having caught at least one pass in 14 straight games. Funchess is one of five from the East Division selected by the media panel as announced on the first day of Big Ten Media Days. The Wolverines begin practice Aug. 4 in preparation for the season opener against Appalachian State in Michigan Stadium on Aug. 30. - Michigan football

07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP AWARD WATCH LIST: WR/KR Devin Funchess, Michigan...Last season, he was named the Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year and a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award in addition to earning first team All-Big Ten acclaim after hauling in 49 catches for 748 yards and six touchdowns. His receiving yards were the highest single-season total by a U-M tight end in program history. In his career, Funchess has 64 receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns. He enters the 2014 season having caught at least one pass in 14 straight games. Funchess is one of eight players from the Big Ten Conference on the preseason watch list. He is also one of only eight receivers nationally on the list. - Michigan football

07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Funchess, University of Michigan, Jr.,...Funchess, who was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List last week, moves to wide receiver in 2014 after appearing in the first 26 games of his career at tight end. Last season, he was named the Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year and a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award in addition to earning first team All-Big Ten acclaim after hauling in 49 catches for 748 yards and six touchdowns.

His receiving yards were the highest single-season total by a U-M tight end in program history. In his career, Funchess has 64 receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns. He enters the 2014 season having caught at least one pass in 14 straight games. Funchess is one of six receivers from the Big Ten Conference on the preseason watch list. Ten semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award will be announced Nov. 17, with the three finalists unveiled Nov. 24. The winner will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show broadcast live on ESPN on Dec. 11. - Michigan football

07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Devin Funchess, Michigan, Wide Receiver, Junior...Funchess moves to wide receiver in 2014 after appearing in the first 26 games of his career at tight end. Last season, he was named the Big Ten Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year and a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award in addition to earning first team All-Big Ten acclaim after hauling in 49 catches for 748 yards and six touchdowns. His receiving yards were the highest single-season total by a U-M tight end in program history. In his career, Funchess has 64 receptions for 982 yards and 11 touchdowns. He enters the 2014 season having caught at least one pass in 14 straight games. - Michigan football

07/30/2014 - Michigan's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 1. WR/TE Devin Funchess, Junior...A player just scratching the surface of his potential, Funchess is an impressive athlete and is the Wolverines' top offensive playmaker with Jeremy Gallon now in the NFL. Funchess, who is in the WR/TE hybrid mold with a tall, workable frame and lean muscle tone, lined up at both receiver and tight end as a freshman and sophomore, but is expected to be a full-time wideout in 2014. He has excellent initial burst off the line to get vertical in a hurry with long, full strides, flashing flexible and easy movement skills rare for a player his size.

Funchess tracks well with smooth body control to make natural adjustments on the ball, but has WAY too many drops on his resume and needs to improve his reliability and finishing ability through the catch point. The effort is there for him as a blocker, but his technique needs work as he's often caught off guard with his blocking assignments. Funchess is a mismatch nightmare against linebackers and smaller defensive backs and with improved consistency, he has all the makings of a future first-round pick, reminiscent of a younger Jermichael Finley at Texas. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

06/05/2014 - ROB RANG'S MAY 15, 2014 TOP 32 BIG BOARD: 29. Devin Funchess, TE, 6-5, 235, Jr., Michigan: Funchess doesn't offer the bulk and tenacity to currently offer much as a blocker, but he has the speed to challenge the seam and can make the circus catch due to strong hands and incredible body control for a man of his size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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02/24/2015 - 2015 NFL Combine, 25 Takeaways: Five Players Who Hurt Themselves: Devin Funchess, WR/TE, Michigan: After switching from tight end to receiver this past season, scouts viewed Funchess as a potential Kelvin Benjamin clone. After getting clocked at 4.70 seconds in the 40-yard dash, however, scouts now wonder if the 6-5, 232 pounder has the burst to get past cornerbacks or the strength and aggression to move back inside. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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