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Jake Butt drafted 145th overall by Denver Broncos

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


The wait was longer than expected, but Jake Butt was finally drafted with the first pick of the fifth round in the 2017 NFL Draft. The Denver Broncos selected Butt 145th overall on Saturday afternoon.

Butt won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s best tight end and was a first-team All-American and All-Big Ten First Team. He won the Big Ten’s Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year award while ranking second on the team with 46 catches for 546 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.

For his career, Butt set Michigan records with 138 receptions and 1,646 yards, the most by a tight end in program history. He also caught 11 touchdown passes. Butt had his best game of the season against UCF, catching seven passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

Butt’s tumble down the draft board was due to a pair of knee injuries suffered during his career, most recently a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl at the end of December. Because of that, he won’t be full speed in 2017.

In Denver, Butt fills a need at a position that didn’t make a lot of production in 2016. Virgil Green lead the Broncos tight ends with 22 receptions for 237 yards and one touchdown. The Broncos drafted Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman in the third round two years ago, but he caught just nine passes for 141 yards last season.

Countdown to kickoff: 75 days

Monday, June 16th, 2014


Countdown to kickoff-75

Michael Schofield drafted in third round by Denver Broncos

Friday, May 9th, 2014


Schofield

Unlike Taylor Lewan on Thursday night, former Michigan right tackle Michael Schofield wasn’t sure what round he would be drafted in. He was hoping to sneak into Friday night’s third round, which he planned to watch with a small group of immediate family. But he could just as easily have had to wait until Saturday when his family is holding a party at at his Orland Park, Ill. home to celebrate. He got his answer as the third round drew to a close when the Denver Broncos selected him 95th overall.

Schofield steps into a great opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl on a team that made it to the big game just three months ago and wants to win now in what will likely be quarterback Peyton Manning’s final season.

“Everyone dreams of coming into the NFL and being right in Super Bowl contention, especially at an organization like the Broncos and a quarterback like Payton Manning,” Schofield said on a conference call. “It’s a dream come true.”

He has the ability to play tackle or guard, having started 36 games during his career at Michigan, 10 at guard in 2011 and 26 at right tackle. He showed his versatility when he stepped in at left tackle for an injured Lewan for part of the Penn State game last fall. He also impressed with a solid performance at the Senior Bowl.

The Broncos have some veterans on the offensive line, but also some question marks, and the pick of Schofield fills a need for the club. Orlando Franklin has started 47 games at right tackle over the last three seasons since being drafted in the second round (46th overall) out of Miami in 2011. In 2012, he allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL among right tackles that started 16 games. Right guard Louis Vasquez has started 70 games over the past five seasons — the first four with the San Diego Chargers — and made his first Pro Bowl in 2013, his first season in Denver.

The left side of the line is less certain. Last season’s left tackle, Chris Clark, stepped in for 14 games when three-time Pro Bowler Ryan Clady was lost with a Lisfranc injury. If Clady is fully healthy this fall he’ll be the starter. Meanwhile, left guard Zane Beadles is now in Jacksonville, leaving a possible landing spot for Schofield. The only other guard on the roster is second-year undrafted free agent Ben Garland from Air Force who didn’t see any game action last season.

Schofield is the only Michigan player currently on the roster and joins fellow Big Ten foes, Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby and Indiana receiver Cody Latimer, as Broncos draft picks so far in this year’s draft.

The draft continues with rounds four through seven today beginning at 12 p.m. Jeremy Gallon is the only other Wolverine likely to be drafted and is projected to go anywhere from the fourth to seventh round.

Brian Griese helping kids cope with loss

Saturday, January 11th, 2014


In 1997, Brian Griese guided Michigan to its first national championship in 49 years. But many didn’t realize that his mother had passed away nine years prior from cancer and he was still hurting.

He was drafted by the Denver Broncos and while in Denver founded Judi’s House in honor of his mother, a bereavement support community designed to help children, teens and young adults from age three to 25 deal with the loss of a loved one. Twelve years later, it’s still going strong, having served more than 4,000 children.

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