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Draft Prospect Profile: Michigan WR Devin Funchess


At Michigan, Funchess went back and forth between positions.

"I mean I really went from wide receiver to tight end, back to wide receiver," he said at the Combine. "Coming out of high school I played wide receiver and then they moved me to tight end."

At 232 pounds, he isn't the ideal size for a tight end. With 4.7 speed, he doesn't have the flat-out ability to beat cornerbacks deep. For Funchess to succeed in the NFL, he'll have to capitalize on mismatches: going down the seam against linebackers and working underneath against cornerbacks, taking advantage of his catch radius and his size to not only make the reception, but drag a cornerback in tight coverage for yardage after contact.

Despite his size and lack of timed speed, he shows athleticism in the open field, with the ability to dodge -- and even leap over -- defenders in the open field. He shows excellent body control going up for passes in traffic, and is outstanding at adjusting to the football in mid-flight.

He catches passes and displays agility like a wide receiver, and yet he has the size to go inside and down the seam. It's essential for Funchess to get into the right system with flexible coaches who can make the best use of a skill set unlike any other in this year's draft class.


A desire to be perceived more as a wide receiver led to his number change for the 2014 season, from 87 to 1.

"I wanted just to get that receiver look on me," Funchess said. "Everybody always had to claim the tight end, but that was last year. The past is the past, and then I made another mark on it with the future with No. 1."

Funchess would prefer not to be caught up in specific position definitions.

"I consider myself as a ball player," he said.


Weight:232 pounds
Arm:33 1/2 inches (T-2nd among 44 Combine WRs)
Hand:9 3/4 inches (11th among 44 Combine WRs)
40-yard dash:4.70 seconds (39th among 39 Combine WRs tested)
Bench press:17 repetitions (T-5th among 30 Combine WRs tested)
Vertical jump:38.5 inches (8th among 38 Combine WRs tested)
Broad jump:10 feet, 2 inches (T-11th among 38 Combine WRs tested)

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