ATLANTA — Michigan junior tight end Zach Gentry submitted for an NFL Draft grade, but wouldn’t reveal the projection during Peach Bowl media sessions Thursday morning.
“I’ve been talking to a lot of people,” Gentry said. “Family, coaches, teammates, former teammates.”
The 6-foot-8 weapon wasn’t shy in mentioning the advantages of returning to Michigan.
“We have a lot of guys coming back … not only Shea (Patterson) but Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black, offensive linemen … I can’t even think of them all, because there’s so many,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a really explosive offense next season.”
Suffering three drops against Ohio State, and losing two of its three rivalry games stands out to Gentry as a reason to return.
“Absolutely,” Gentry said when asked if the opportunity to return and beat those teams stands out to him. “That’s something I’ve talked to a lot of my teammates about. It would be unfortunate to leave a career here having never beaten those guys.”
Gentry is the only prospective draftee waiting to decide on his future. Patterson, a junior quarterback, announced he will return for his senior season earlier this month. Juniors Devin Bush (linebacker) and Rashan Gary (defensive end) are forgoing their senior years and sitting out the Peach Bowl.
Six different tight end prospects are mocked across the board in the first four rounds — Gentry isn’t one of them. ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his latest Big Board, and Gentry wasn’t listed as a top-10 tight end prospect.