Luke Schoonmaker reportedly declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft

Luke Schoonmaker, Michigan (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Luke Schoonmaker, Michigan (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

The CFP National Championship will be played on Monday night between the Georgia Bulldogs and TCU Horned Frogs. For everyone but those two teams in college football, their season is already over. This means players on those teams are considering their futures and whether that means entering the NFL Draft or returning to college football.

One of the top prospects at tight end, Luke Schoonmaker at the University of Michigan, has already made that decision and is reportedly set to enter the NFL Draft. According to Pete Thamel at ESPN, Schoonmaker did have one year left of eligibility but instead has decided to leave Michigan for the NFL.

Luke Schoonmaker had by far his best season this past year for the Wolverines as he played in 12 games and finished with 35 receptions, 435 receiving yards, and three receiving touchdowns. The best game of the season was against Indiana when he had nine receptions, 67 receiving yards, and a touchdown. He finished the season second on the team in receptions and third in receiving yards.

Luke Schoonmaker is likely a Day 2 prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft

The former University of Michigan tight end is one of the more complete tight ends in this year’s draft class as he has the size at 6’5″ and 250 pounds to contribute blocking on running plays. However, he also has shown the athletic ability to put pressure on defenses as a receiver and create mismatches against linebackers and safeties with the combination of size and athleticism.

The biggest concern probably with Schoonmaker is a lack of production prior to this past season. This is why his performance at the Scouting Combine as well as Pro Days will be key to making sure he stays in that Day 2 range in the 2023 NFL Draft. If he does well, he should be one of the first tight ends drafted.