Devin Funchess, former University of Michigan and Harrison High School football star, was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the NFL draft Friday.
He was the 41st pick overall after the Panthers traded up 16 places to select the 6-foot-4, 230-pound wide receiver who left U-M after his junior season.
“You can’t coach size,” Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman was quoted in a Detroit Free Press story. “He plays fast. He’s a smooth and fluid big man. He’s a very smart kid.”
Funchess waited an hour into the second round to hear his name called. NFL Network analysts focused on his potential and dismissed his injuries and struggles in 2014, according to Michigan.com reporter Mark Snyder.
“I don’t know whether they plan to play him inside or outside, but it really doesn’t matter,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said on the broadcast.
“The theory is the same. He’s a matchup issue; he’s a matchup nightmare. He has a “tremendous catching radius and, of course, matchup issues no matter what you do with him.”
Funchess, who helped Harrison win its last state title as a junior in 2010, was the first U-M player selected and the highest since Braylon Edwards was the third overall pick in 2005.
Funchess was a tight end in high school and began his collegiate career at that position. He ran a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, but he later ran a 4.4 at Michigan’s pro day
Gettleman told reporters Funchess, who made 62 catches for 733 yards and four touchdowns last year, will play exclusively as a receiver, according to the Free Press story.
Farmington High School needs football coaches at the varsity, JV and freshman levels. Applicants should contact head coach John Bechtel at email@example.com.
With the weather turning warmer, the Farmington High School golf season is warming up, too.
The Falcons defeated Berkley in their second dual match Tuesday at Farmington Hills Golf Club, 158-179.
Kitwana Ashford shot 38, Joe Majoros 39, Connor Greenlee 40 and Jackson Tellerico 41.
A sixth-man tiebreaker gave Seaholm a win over Farmington on April 22 at Lincoln Hills Golf Course.
The teams were tied at 151-151. Greenlee shot 37, Ashford 38, Phil Chacko 37 and Tellerico 39.
The weather wasn’t so good April 20 for the Milliken Millwork tournament at Indianwood Country Club.
The Falcons shot 344 on the worst day of the spring, according to coach Ray Maleyko.
“The boys competed in rain, severe wind and sleet,” he said. Greenlee shot 81, Ashford 84 and Tellerico 89.
Farmington opened the season April 16 in the Farmington Invitational, shooting 339 and finishing 10th in the 24-team field.
Ashford led the way with an 80. Greenlee and Majoros posted a pair of 84s.