Michigan receivers ranked No. 3 in nation
Michigan’s receiving group is expected to be good. But third best in the nation good?
That’s the opinion of Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, who ranks the Wolverines’ receivers behind only No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama.
Michigan has an impressive 1-2 outside punch in seniors Jehu Chesson and Amara Darboh.
Chesson (6-3, 200) caught 50 passes for 764 yards and nine TD last season and was named Michigan’s MVP. Darboh (6-2, 215) caught 58 for 727 yards and five TD, and coach Jim Harbaugh said during Big Ten media days that Darboh had vaulted ahead of Chesson as Michigan’s No. 1 receiver with a strong performance during spring practice.
“I would say he’s our top receiver,” Harbaugh said of Darboh. “All last year I thought that was Chesson, but Darboh showed up during spring ball.”
Feldman included tight ends in his analysis, and Michigan has one of the nation’s best in 6-6, 250-pound senior Jake Butt (51 receptions, 654 yards, three TD).
“It’s a big, athletic, experienced trio,” Feldman says of Chesson, Darboh and Butt. ”(Chesson) is a potential first-rounder and may have been the most improved player in the country last year. He seemed much more focused in 2015, displaying improved hands and route running.”
Grant Perry, a sophomore from Birmingham Brother Rice, probably will be the Wolverines’ top slot receiver. He was the No. 10 player on The Detroit News Blue Chip list in 2015 and had 14 catches for 128 yards as a UM freshman.
Michigan also has a talented group of incoming freshmen that includes Ahmir Mitchell, Eddie McDoom, Dylan Crawford and Nate Johnson.
Penn State checked in at No. 5 on Feldman’s list of the top 10 groups.