West TE – Luke Schoonmaker, Michigan (6-6, 250)
With this great tight end class, it was inevitable that one of them would end up at the Shrine Game, and who better to coach Luke Schoonmaker than the New England Patriots? Schoonmaker took on a larger role at Michigan this year and elevated himself to a consensus top-10 tight end in the 2023 NFL Draft.
After spending 2019 through 2021 primarily as a blocker and special teams contributor, Schoonmaker nearly doubled his career receptions, yards, and touchdowns this season catching 35 passes for 418 yards and 3 TDs in 12 games.
Prior to 2022, Schoonmaker made his money for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines by lining up in-line and at fullback as a lead blocker. His size, hand placement, and leg drive allowed him to blow up linebackers and defensive linemen consistently in the run game. This season, he showed so much more as a pass catcher with his ball skills and understanding of where to settle against zone.
One of the best prospects at the Shrine Bowl, Schoonmaker should put together a strong week both as a pass catcher and run blocker. Despite the depth of the tight end class, he could be a top-100 pick.