Photo of Devin Funchess
Drafted By: Panthers
  • Round 2
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 41

Combine Results

5.5 ?
  • 4.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I don't know if the Panthers plan to play Funchess inside or outside. It doesn't matter. He's a matchup nightmare." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 1/2" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands


Two-time second-team All-Big Ten selection (2014 and 2013). Switched from tight end to wide receiver before the 2014 season started. Started in 11 games in 2014, finishing with 62 catches, including four for touchdowns. Had seven catches for 108 yards against Ohio State. Missed one game due to an injured leg. Named Big Ten Tight End of the Year in 2013. His 748 yards were the most ever by a Michigan tight end in a single season. Selected to the Freshman All-Big Ten team in 2012, making five starts. In high school, switched from tight end to wide receiver in his junior season.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.47 and 4.53 seconds
20-yard short shuttle: 4.48 seconds
3-cone drill: 6.98 seconds



Big receiver with the ability to mismatch corners in the red zone. Long legs that can cover ground in a straight line. Transitions smoothly from catch to run. Has build-up speed to factor on run-after-catch crossers. Fluid hips for size. Uses size to defeat press coverage. Good body control and length to go get high throws that few can snag. Physical with "separating hands" at the top of the route. Smooth in intermediate routes and can earn a living in that area of the field.


Pass-catching is labored. Allows throws into his frame and catches back half of football at times. Tagged with 20 drops over last three seasons. Isn't a lock to high-point a throw and doesn't attack throws. Won't win enough 50/50 throws. Stifled by inconsistent passing attack. Tends to show monotone, one-note play speed. Hard to find a second gear on tape. Gears down into cuts and slow to accelerate out of breaks.

Draft Projection

Round 2 or 3

NFL Comparison

Gavin Escobar

Bottom Line

Has mismatch-caliber size, but lack of vertical talent and below-average hands might negate the size to an extent. Funchess was used outside and inside at Michigan and had success from the slot. He has the feel of a hybrid player who can be a big guy at wide receiver or a mismatch nightmare as a move tight end with more weight on his rangy frame.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.