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Thursday, May 16, 2013
WolverineNation Roundtable

By Chantel Jennings

Braylon Edwards
Having Braylon Edwards on the 2013 Michigan football team would provide a big receiver who can make big plays, take the pressure off Jeremy Gallon and add a colorful quote or two.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Every Thursday our writers sit down to talk about three issues related to Michigan athletics. Today, they take a look at former Michigan football greats, the potential of 2014 prospects and a wild card question about baseball.

1. If you could stick any one Michigan football player from the last decade onto the 2013-14 team, who would it be?

Michael Rothstein: Braylon Edwards. Why? Michigan needs a game-breaking receiver and the attention Edwards would get from opponents would open Jeremy Gallon and Devin Funchess up for potentially huge seasons. Everywhere else on Michigan's roster, there are at least some proven commodities. Not at receiver (save Gallon). Plus, the mercurial Edwards would be fun to cover.

Tom VanHaaren: It has to be either Mike Hart or Braylon Edwards. Michigan's run game was lacking last season, and Hart would be an awesome addition to the offense. The same with Edwards, since Michigan doesn't have a proven, big receiver coming back this season.

Chantel Jennings: I’d go with Edwards too. Michigan could use a target like him to help open up other receivers. Plus, this would bring up more Berkley Edwards questions, which Tom and I would love to field for another season.

2. Of the 2014 commits, which player do you think will have the most successful career in maize and blue?

Rothstein: Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian). Tough to say about a wide receiver, but Harris has all the potential to be the next gamebreaker for Michigan. He should have capable passing quarterbacks for four seasons as well, which is something no Wolverines receiver can say since Mario Manningham and Adrian Arrington.

VanHaaren: This answer could change depending on who else Michigan gets to commit. It's also hard to predict who will have the best career since none of them have even started their senior seasons. This class, so far, is full of top-ranked guys so I could see any of them having stellar careers at Michigan. #copout

Tupac Shakur
It's hard to beat Tupac Shakur's 'California Love' when it comes to baseball entrance songs.
Jennings: Part of the discussion has to be about position depth. Guys such as Juwann Bushell-Beatty (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) and Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) will come in behind more guys than quarterback Wilton Speight (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) or tight end Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central), so with more possible playing time they have a longer tenure to create more. I think they’ll all do well at Michigan, but my bet would be on a skill position player having the most decorated Michigan career.

3. Baseball season is well upon us, if you could choose your own entrance song, what would it be and why?

Rothstein: This is really, really tough so I'm picking two. Either “Reboot the Mission” by The Wallflowers featuring Mick Jones (it has a great beat) or “Spectrum” by Zedd and Matthew Koma. Why those songs? They are the songs I listen to most often to focus myself for writing and the strong beats would get me focused in on the batter. Plus, I just like them. Check 'em out.

VanHaaren: “California Love” by Dr. Dre and TuPac. That song gets everybody moving and no one would care if I stunk at baseball because they would just be excited to hear it.

Jennings: I covered the Michigan baseball team for a season and this was an oft-discussed topic in the press box. I couldn’t decide then and I can’t decide now. So I have three finalists: 1. “Come On Feel the Noise” (Quiet Riot) because it would get people “wild, wild, wild.” 2. “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” (Robert Randolph & The Family Band). 3. “Will You Be There?” (Michael Jackson). Of course I’d put the Free Willy theme song on here. It gets the crowd hype. Who doesn’t love that song?