Ahhhhh, I love my new hybrid galaxy shuttle. You know I need a quarter of the planet life force I used to, to take this bucket around the galaxy. For every planet I destroy, I can travel the galaxy three times! Now that’s efficient! Hybrids are great. Which brings me to today’s scouting report: Devin Funchess the tight end…I mean Devin Funchess the wide receiver….I mead Devin Funchness the hybrid!
In his time playing for the Wolverines, Funchess wore three different numbers: #19, #87 and #1. He also played two different positions: Tight End and Wide Receiver. If you ask Funchess which one he preferred – I’m sure he would say wide receiver. For his first two years at Michigan, Funchess lined up mostly at tight end and a little at wide receiver. But he begged and pleaded to play exclusively wide receiver and in 2014 the Michigan coaches rewarded him allowing him to play wide receiver the entire year.
So when Funchess was finally allowed to play his favorite position, his stats blew up right? Right? Meh…not really. He had more catches in 2014, but he produced more touchdowns in the prior two years and more yards in 2013. Funchess yards per catch was significantly higher at the tight end position.
So Funchess understood after 2014 that he was meant to be a tight end right? Right? Um…guess not. Funchess notably told scouts he should be a wide receiver at the next level. And to impress them, with his wide receiver lightning speed at the combine – Funchess ran a blazing 4.70….um…it wasn’t so blazing I guess…
The fact is, even when Michigan played Funchness at wide receiver, they played him a lot in the slot and used him a lot like a tight end would be used.
So its settled then, Funchess is best suited to play tight end, even if he doesn’t know it yet, some coach somewhere will coach him up to be a great tight end. Well…actually…Funchness isn’y known for his blocking. And for all his size and athleticism he isn’t exactly a very physical player.
Okay you got it all wrong if you keep thinking that way. Think of Funchess as a hybrid. A guy you can use a lot of different ways. A guy like, dare I say, Jimmy Graham!
Yes, its true, while Funchess doesn’t have Graham’s speed, he does have a lot of his athleticism. He can jump through the roof, adjusts well when the ball is in the air, has great body control, has a huge catch radius, has great size and has really big hands. Funchness ceiling is Jimmy Graham and that is a really high ceiling. But like Graham – Funchness is really raw. So raw, its really hard to project what he will be.
Okay, maybe he won’t be Jimmy Graham. The reality is, we just don’t know what any of these prospects will be, especially a hybrid like this guy.
But I suspect Funchess can be a mismatch nightmare and a redzone threat. Maybe a team that wants to utilize extensive two tight end sets will look at Funchess…
Hey, didn’t the Dolphins express some interest in using two tight end sets more extensively when they tried to keep Clay and pursued Jimmy Graham? Hmmmm…….
If I was going to compare Funchness to an Alien Weapon of Destruction I would definately compare him to my favorite Photon Rifle/Blast Grenade Launcher. Two weapons in one!!!
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