Harbaugh opinion ‘huge’ for Michigan draft prospects

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Graham Glasgow

Former Michigan center Graham Glasgow and defensive lineman Willie Henry continue to receive mounting praise as they head into this week’s NFL combine, and it doesn’t hurt that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is in their camps.

Harbaugh, an NFL veteran as a player and coach, carries a lot of weight when offering his opinion of players heading to the next level. Last year at this time, for example, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty worked out in Ann Arbor with Harbaugh.

So it certainly has helped players such as Henry, Glasgow and quarterback Jake Rudock, who was not invited to the combine, to have Harbaugh’s support as they continue preparations for potential NFL careers.

“Jim’s highly regarded, highly respected and done a phenomenal job wherever he’s been,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said Monday on a conference call. “Jim’s a phenomenal coach whether it’s the NFL, Super Bowl, almost won it, and in college football. He’s going to have Michigan right there with Ohio State with the best teams in the country. He had a real good recruiting class, got the No. 1 player in the country (Rashan Gary), so his opinion is huge.”

Players travel Tuesday to Indianapolis for the combine, get measurements taken Wednesday and have psychological testing, among other things, on Thursday. The offensive linemen, like Glasgow, work out Friday, and Henry and the defensive linemen work out Sunday.

Willie Henry

A former walk-on, Glasgow overcame off-field issues and was the Wolverines’ top offensive lineman last season. He saw work at guard and center during the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl practices. His stock continues to improve, according to Kiper.

“Glasgow has great potential and he’s got the versatility and he has the ability to anchor a line,” Kiper said. “Glasgow is guy who solidified, I think, a second- or third-round grade.”

Henry left Michigan with a year of eligibility remaining. He is a bit of an under-the-radar prospect, according to Kiper, but has all the tools.

“You like the pass rush,” he said. “I like way he got after the quarterback, showed quickness off the ball, good pass-rush technique. I like Henry. He’s the kind (of player) people are overlooking and not talking enough about because there are so many other great defensive linemen in this draft that somebody -- and he’s one of them -- is going to get overlooked and pushed down a little bit further than they should.”