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Posts Tagged ‘4th Round’

Jehu Chesson drafted 139th overall by Kansas City Chiefs

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


Jehu Chesson gave Michigan back to back selections in the 2017 NFL Draft when he was picked 139th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs, just one pick after the Cincinnati Bengals selected Ryan Glasgow.

Chesson made 25 career starts at receiver, catching 114 passes for 1,639 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by the media in 2016 and All-Big Ten First-Team honors by the coaches in 2015. He also added three rushing touchdowns and a kick return touchdown.

Chesson enjoyed the best season of his career in 2015, catching 50 passes for 764 yards and nine touchdowns and adding 154 rushing yards and two scores. He was nearly unstoppable over the final four games of the season when he averaged 126 yards on 27 receptions and scored six of his nine receiving touchdowns.

That performance lead to high expectations for his senior season, but after tearing his PCL in the Citrus Bowl, his numbers declined in 2016. His best game of the season came against Maryland when he caught five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. The highlight of his career was a 96-yard kickoff return for touchdown to open the 2015 Northwestern game.

The Chiefs ranked 22nd in the NFL last season in receiving yards and 24th in receiving touchdowns. Tight end Travis Kelce was by far the team’s leading receiver, but the team does have a solid corps of receivers including Tyreek Hill and Jeremy Maclin. Chesson will compete with Chris Conley and Albert Wilson for the third receiver spot this fall.

Ryan Glasgow drafted 138th overall by Cincinnati Bengals

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


Michigan nose tackle Ryan Glasgow became the eighth Wolverine drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft when he was selected 138th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday afternoon.

Glasgow came to Michigan as a walk-on, but made 33 starts in 45 career games, recording 91 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and a pass deflected. He shared Michigan’s Richard Katcher Award in both 2015 and 2016 with Chris Wormley as the team’s best defensive lineman.

The Aurora, Ill. native earned second team All-Big Ten honors this season and played his best game of the season against Indiana when he recorded a career-high seven tackles, three tackles for loss, and forced a fumble. He notched 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack against Ohio State.

Perhaps the most telling moment of his career came in 2015 when he tore his pectoral muscle against Rutgers and was forced to miss remaining four games. His loss impacted the entire defense, which was gashed for 307 rushing yards by Indiana the next week and and 369 rushing yards by Ohio State three weeks later. With Glasgow back in the middle in 2016, Michigan’s defense finished in the top 15 nationally against the run.

Glasgow joins defensive ends Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson in the Bengals’ draft class as the team tries to rehaul its defensive line. Glasgow will look to replace Domata Peko and will battle Pat Sims and Andrew Billings for a spot in the rotation.

Ben Gedeon drafted 120th overall by Minnesota Vikings

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


Michigan had six players drafted in the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft and didn’t have to wait long to see a seventh come off the board on Saturday. Linebacker Ben Gedeon was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 14th pick of the fourth round, 120th overall.

Gedeon started just 14 games in his career, but 13 of them came in 2016 when he thrived under new defensive coordinator Don Brown. He earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors from the media and Third Team honors from the coaches and he won Michigan’s Roger Zatkoff Award as the team’s best linebacker.

Gedeon lead the team with 106 tackles — 30 more than any other player — and recorded 15.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two pass breakups, and two quarterback hurries. He turned in his best game of the season against Ohio State when he recorded 10 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack.

In Minnesota, Gedeon projects to be a middle linebacker in their 4-3 defense. He joins Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Ohio State center Pat Elflein, and Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson in the Vikings draft class through the first four rounds.