Gentry Could Leave Michigan for NFL, Wasn't Disappointed with Draft Grade

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Gentry Could Leave Michigan for NFL, Wasn't Disappointed with Draft Grade

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Gentry Could Leave Michigan for NFL, Wasn't Disappointed with Draft Grade

Zach Gentry recently received his 2019 NFL Draft grade. While the tight end wouldn’t reveal it to the media on Dec. 27, he was not disappointed.

The 6-foot-8 offensive juggernaut is considering departing from Michigan following the 2018 season in pursuit of an NFL career.

However, Gentry is also thinking about coming back to school – just like his good friend, and quarterback, Shea Patterson.

Multiple factors are rooted in Gentry’s decision, specifically those close to him like family, coaches, teammates and former teammates.

Gentry has until Jan. 14 to make a decision, but he’s currently locked in on the Peach Bowl.

“I’ve taken a break on thinking about all of that in preparation for this game,” Gentry said. “I don’t want to take too much time to think about it until after the bowl game.”

In 11 games this season, Gentry has registered 30 receptions for 475 yards and two touchdowns. He’s been a focal point of Michigan’s 10-2 campaign.

If Gentry returns to Michigan, he wants to improve in the pass pocket and finishing catches. He said there’s always room to ameliorate his talents.

Gentry realizes a second year for Patterson doesn’t only help the quarterback transfer from Ole Miss, but it aids every pass catcher on the roster.

In his first season under center for the Wolverines, Patterson has completed 188-of-290 passes (64.8 percent) for 2,364 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions.

“He did a fantastic job in his first year,” Gentry said. “Another year in the system is huge.”

Patterson always had the athleticism and intangibles, but upon arriving at Michigan, he took his time learning the playbook. Now, it’s like second nature.

“Sometimes it takes a little longer to learn every little thing about an offense like ours, but I think he’s done well,” Gentry said of Patterson. “Shea’s a competitor inside. (The playbook) was something he was motivated to master.”

In Michigan’s 62-39 loss to Ohio State, Gentry dropped three passes. The Wolverines had a chance to trim down Ohio State’s 27-19 lead, but Gentry couldn’t hold onto a pass from Patterson in the end zone.

Gentry ended up missing the end of the game against the Buckeyes with a minor injury. He said it was the first time he couldn’t finish a contest. The Peach Bowl serves as a bit of redemption him.

“That was unfortunate for me,” Gentry said. “I’m looking forward to coming out here and playing the best I can. It was disappointing, but everyone has games like that.

“I’m excited to get that out of my mind.”

Right now, Gentry’s only focus is on the Peach Bowl against Florida on Dec. 29, but a decision on his future is pending.

Two juniors – linebacker Devin Bush, defensive end Rashan Gary – will skip the Peach Bowl to prepare for the NFL draft. Senior running back Karan Higdon is also sitting out.

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