Thursday, March 2, 2023

Michigan Thursday: Mazi Smith Combine Profile

Michigan runs the same drills as the NFL Combine to show NFL teams what type of athletes, they're drafting out of Ann Arbor.  This strategy helped Rashan Gary become a high first round draft pick, even though he had a bit of an uneven college career.  He has now turned into one of the NFL best defensive players. 

Mazi Smith reportedly has had some eye-popping combine stats at Michigan and topped Bruce Feldman's "Freak List".   Mazi will have a chance to prove those numbers this week in Indy and possibly could be the top Wolverine selected.  

Here is's preview of Mazi:

Dontari Poe might be the physical and athletic player comparison for Smith, but more consistency from Smith is needed before he finds the Pro Bowl, as Poe did twice in his career. Smith’s blend of size and quickness is rare. He can punch and control a base block with relative ease. However, he struggles to match the initial movement of move blockers, which diminishes his effectiveness. He has space-eating potential but needs to become more consistent at taking on double teams and securing his gap. Smith’s size and testing could give his draft slotting some juice but he’s more of a Day 2 talent with exciting upside than a plug-and-play starter.

  • Michigan Basketball has a big game tonight @ Illinois.  ESPN 7:00 EST
  • The LIV Golf field was 100% better than the PGA's Honda Open last weekend and only a few people watched on the CW.  LIV is really going to test the theory that "they have too much money to fail". 

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