ANN ARBOR – Rashan Gary has already made a decision. Ben Bredeson, though not official, has announced in which direction he is leaning.
Shea Patterson will wait, however.
The Michigan quarterback told reporters Sunday at a Peach Bowl news conference in Ann Arbor that he will wait until after December 29 against Florida (noon, ESPN) to decide on his NFL future.
"I'm so focused on the Gators that I have not even thought about it." Said Patterson. "I'll get together with coach (Jim) Harbaugh soon, maybe after the bowl game, and talk to him and talk about it with my family. But I'm just so excited, I'm ready to get dressed again. "
The 6-foot 205-pound Patterson gave no insight into which direction he was leaning against, but the decision to opt for April The NFL draft can be a long, tedious process. The junior has another one-year eligibility and can (and will likely) get feedback from NFL teams where he could be selected.
Jim Harbaugh: "I'll stay in Michigan"
If this projection determines Patterson is a pick of Day 2 or Day 3, and for the moment it looks like that, then he might decide to go to Michigan for another season to return. However, this year's QB draft class is considered weaker by most objective observers and may open a door for Patterson to slide up.
As a junior, his first season in Michigan, Patterson completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,364 yards and more 21
"I've had the most fun in my football career so far and I've been able to take care of Michigan," said Patterson, who was named Michigan's offensive player of the year on Sunday. "It was a great honor to do it, and I think there is much more to do, as I said, I'm just excited to win another and possibly finish the top five in the country, that would be pretty great for us.
"I will discuss with them (my decision), Harbaugh and my family (below)."
Patterson's NFL decision is not only important to him, it could also have an impact have Michigan QB room: Brandon Peters has only two years left to be admitted after 2018, and Patterson would likely reclaim the start job should he return, Dylan McCaffrey has another three years after he heals a broken collarbone, but is likely to lose again a year behind Patterson.
Michigan also has the Redshirt freshman Joe Milton on the squad and is expected to be the four-star quarterback Cade McNamara at the end of this month as part of his recruiting team 2019 class.
Alongside Patterson on the podium on Sunday for the press conference was Chase W Inovich, his roommate and all Big Ten defenders who had gone through a similar decision-making process over the past year. When asked if he would spend another year with Patterson, Winovich took a deep breath and smiled.
"I go to Shea Patterson to make the best decision for Shea Patterson," said Winovich. "By the end of the day, Shea knows as well as I how great this university is."