The 2024 CFP National Championship Game is in the books. The Michigan Wolverines won their first national championship in 26 years. They knocked off the Washington Huskies 34-13.
Michigan could see double-digit players selected in the 2024 NFL Draft. Let’s look at how some of them performed against UW.
2024 CFP National Championship Prospect Review (Michigan)
QB J.J. McCarthy is going to be a controversial QB prospect in this class. If he actually declares. McCarthy has decent size (6’3″ 190) and is a good athlete. He has a huge arm. However, McCarthy struggles with ball placement a ton. I don’t think he should be selected in the first round in this class and would be best suited to returning to school. McCarthy completed 10/18 passes for 140 yards. He had no TDs or INTs.
McCarthy with an NFL throw, followed by a complete whiff on an easy timing route.
Welcome to J.J. McCarthy as a draft prospect
— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) January 9, 2024
RB Blake Corum is a patient runner but can explode when needed. Corum has shown that he has bounced back from last season’s injury. With a running back class lacking a decisive number one; the door is wide open for Corum to be in the top spot. Corum carried it 21 times for 134 yards and two scores.
RB Donovan Edwards has had a disappointing season prior to the CFB National Championship Game. He showed everyone his potential after two huge TD runs in the first quarter. Edwards is expected to return to Ann Arbor for the 2024 season. He carried the ball only six times for 104 yards. A 17.3-yard average per carry.
WR Roman Wilson is a sneaky good WR in this class. He separates well, is good in open space, and has great hands. Wilson should be selected on day two. He caught three of his four targets for 54 yards.
IOL Drake Nugent, IOL Karsen Barnhart, IOL LaDarius Henderson, OT Trevor Keegan, and IOL Trente Jones all have a shot to be drafted should they enter the 2024 NFL Draft. At the very least they will all be on 90-man rosters.
LaDarius Henderson slam… pic.twitter.com/93eeIWoEJb
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) January 9, 2024
IOL Zak Zinter is another Wolverines offensive lineman who is expected to be drafted but it will be later than he would have been before a season-ending leg injury. A team will likely select Zinter as a “redshirt” candidate at some point on day three.
DL Kris Jenkins isn’t flashy but holds up well and can make plays when needed. Jenkins plays stronger than his listed 285-pound frame would indicate. he recorded two tackles against UW.
CB Josh Wallace transferred over from UMass this year and has been battle-tested this season. Wallace has solid length and good ball skills.
CB Mike Sainristil is the top nickel corner on this team. He plays well above his size (5’10” 185). He should be one of the top slot corners in this class. Sainristril had the game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter. He finished with eight tackles to go along with his pick.
LB Mike Barrett is a productive backer with a nose for the ball. He probably has the ceiling of a core special teams guy in the NFL. Barrett finished with four tackles.
WRAP IT UP
Seven Michigan players will be playing in the Senior Bowl. They decided collectively as a team to accept. The seven will be announced on the Senior Bowl roster reveal tomorrow night on NFL Network at 10 pm CST.
Michigan has more players committed to play in 2024 @seniorbowl than any school in this year’s game. It’s been all about “the team, the team, the team” so they asked us to wait until after they’re done playing to announce it. #GoBlue prospects (and maybe more) will be unveiled on… pic.twitter.com/ezjPbEeDcc
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) January 9, 2024
Shane P Hallam has the lowdown on Washington’s prospects in the CFP National Championship Game tomorrow.