Rashan Gary has long been considered a no-brainer when it comes to first-round NFL draft prospects.
But how high will the Michigan defensive end go? And to where?
One NFL mock draft — released Wednesday — has Gary staying in the state, going No. 8 to the Detroit Lions.
From Nate Davis of USA Today:
“Detroit didn’t get much on passing downs from its D-line, and it won’t help losing free agent Ziggy Ansah, as unreliable as he could be. Gary could not only solidify a deficiency, he has the versatility to move around, a trait Matt Patricia would value given his affinity for employing multiple fronts.”
Gary, who was last listed at 6-foot-5 and 283 pounds, played in a predominantly 4-3 front at Michigan, which emphasized constant pressure on the quarterback.
In 2018, Gary, a junior, was hampered by a shoulder injury he suffered a week before the season opener. He played in nine games, totaling 44 tackles (seven for a loss) and 3 1/2 sacks. He was a first-team all-Big Ten defensive selection by the coaches, and second-team selection by the media.
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Todd McShay ranked Gary, a two-time all-Big Ten selection, as the No. 6 overall prospect (subscription required) in the 2019 NFL draft.
Elsewhere, USA Today’s Davis projects Michigan linebacker Devin Bush — a consensus All-American and the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year for 2018 — to go 24th overall, to the Oakland Raiders.
“Oakland’s struggles at the defensive’s second level are nearly as pronounced as its pass rush issues,” Davis wrote. “Bush is only 5-11 and barely more than 230 pounds, but his speed and dogged play would be valued by Jon Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock.”