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Michigan sets program record with 11 NFL Draft picks

Monday, May 1st, 2017


Following Jim Harbaugh’s second season in Ann Arbor, Michigan has set a new program record with 11 players drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft, topping the previous record of 10 which happened in 1972 and 1974. The 11 Wolverines  selected were the most of any school in this year’s draft, one more than Alabama, who also set a program record.

Michigan matched its record of five players selected in the first 100 picks and six players selected in the first three rounds, which was also achieved in 1972, following Bo Schembechler’s third season. In two seasons, Harbaugh has seen 14 players drafted, and although none were his recruits, he and his coaching staff played a major role in developing them into NFL caliber players. To put it in perspective, from 2010 to 2015 (six NFL drafts) the Wolverines had just 16 players drafted, only two in the first round and seven in the first three rounds.

In addition to the 11 players drafted, seven others have signed undrafted free agent contracts, which means the Wolverines will have at least 18 rookies in training camps this season.

Here’s a breakdown Michigan’s record-breaking draft.

Round 1 – Pick 25 | Jabrill Peppers | Cleveland Browns

Peppers became Michigan’s first first-round draft pick since Taylor Lewan was selected 11th overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2014 draft. He was also the first Michigan player drafted by the Cleveland Browns since Braylon Edwards was taken third overall in the 2005 draft.

Peppers celebrated by party hopping, not dancing.


Peppers was introduced at the Browns’ facility along with No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett and and tight end David Njoku, who was drafted 29th:


The three also threw out the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians game on Friday:

Links: 

• Doug Lesmerises urges Ohio State fans who also root for the Browns to root for Peppers.

• Browns coaches plan to use Peppers on offense as well as defense.

• CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave the Browns an F for drafting Peppers.

Current Browns players react to the addition of Peppers.

Round 1 – Pick 28 | Taco Charlton | Dallas Cowboys

Just three picks after Peppers, Taco Charlton heard his name called by the Dallas Cowboys, giving Michigan two first-round draft picks for the first time since Braylon Edwards and Marlin Jackson were taken in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Links: 

• The Cowboys believe Charlton’s best football is ahead of him.

• Charlton is hearing from endorsers regarding his name.

• The Cowboys’ site goes behind the scenes with Taco.

Round 3 – Pick 74 | Chris Wormley | Baltimore Ravens

Michigan got shut out of the second round, but Jim Harbaugh’s brother John came to the rescue, drafting Christ Wormley to the Baltimore Ravens. Wormley will join former teammate Willie Henry, who was drafted by the Ravens in the fourth round of last year’s draft.

Defensive line coach Greg Mattison tweeted his congratulations all the way from Rome:

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• Wormley is excited to go from Harbaugh to Harbaugh.

• Wormley developed a good relationship with Ravens defensive line coach Joe Cullen, giving him a hunch that they’d draft him.

• Baltimore Sun columnists analyze the pick.

• RavensWire is very positive about Wormley’s ability to make an impact.

Round 3 – Pick 92 | Jourdan Lewis | Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys picked up their second Michigan defender in three rounds, reuniting Taco Charlton with Jourdan Lewis.


Greg Mattison gave the Cowboys the game plan:

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• Despite a pending domestic violence trial, the Cowboys are confident in Lewis’ character.

• Tim Cowlishaw details the Cowboys’ propensity to put its money on the offense, leaving a lot of pressure on Lewis to perform as a rookie.

• CBS Sports grades the Lewis pick as a B+

Round 3 – Pick 95 | Delano Hill | Seattle Seahawks

Safety Delano Hill went surprisingly early, as the Seattle Seahawks drafted him with their third round pick, 95th overall.

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• Hill is happy to join the Seahawks‘ secondary.

• Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times lists Hill as the Seahawks’ most important pick for the future.

• Seattle PI says Hill will be groomed to replace Kam Chancellor.

Round 3 – Pick 106 | Amara Darboh | Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks didn’t waste any time reuniting Hill with his former teammate Amara Darboh, selecting the Michigan receiver 106th overall, just 11 picks after Hill.


Former Wolverine Frank Clark shared his excitement over the Seahawks drafting a pair of his former teammates:

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• Mark Snyder details how the Seahawks were “laying in the weeds” to draft Darboh.

• Josh Henschke breaks down how Michigan’s pro-style system prepared Darboh for the NFL.

• The News Tribune has a nice write up on Darboh’s journey from an orphan in Sierra Leone to the NFL.

Round 3 – Pick 120 | Ben Gedeon | Minnesota Vikings

Just 14 picks after Darboh, linebacker Ben Gedeon heard his name called by the Minnesota Vikings as the 13th pick of the fourth round. He was the Vikings’ second selection of the round, following Iowa defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson.

Links: 

• Gedeon has a great Twitter cover photo.

• Vikings fans weren’t particularly enamored with the pick, grading it a C.

• Vikings Territory sees Gedeon’s immediate impact on special teams.

Round 4 – Pick 138 | Ryan Glasgow | Cincinnati Bengals

While Gedeon was drafted higher than many thought, the next Wolverine selected, Ryan Glasgow, was a great pick near the end of the fourth round by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Links: 

• Land of 10 has a nice breakdown of Glasgow’s path from walk-on to the NFL.

• Cincy Jungle details where Glasgow fits in and why the pick made sense.

Round 4 – Pick 139 | Jehu Chesson | Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs gave Michigan back-to-back draft picks when they selected Jehu Chesson with the 139th overall pick.

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• CBS Sports graded the pick a D-, calling it a reach.

• Chiefs.com lists five things to know about Chesson.

• Arrowhead Pride likes Chesson’s polish and compared him to former Michigan and NFL receiver Jason Avant.

Round 5 – Pick 145 | Jake Butt | Denver Broncos

The biggest disappointment of Michigan’s draft was Jake Butt falling to the fifth round. Had he not suffered his second ACL tear in the Orange Bowl, Butt surely would have been a second or third round pick at worst, but his uncertainty for this fall caused teams to pass on him. The Denver Broncos came to the rescue, drafting Butt with the first pick of the fifth round, 145th overall.


John Elway offered some praise of Butt:

Links: 

• Yahoo’s Frank Schwab analyzes the payout from Butt’s insurance policy.

• Predominantly Orange likes Butt’s potential fit as a red zone target.

• Broncos Wire thinks Butt could start this fall.

Round 6 – Pick 197 | Jeremy Clark | New York Jets

The last and final Wolverine drafted on Saturday was cornerback Jeremy Clark. Like Butt, Clark suffered a major injury in 2016, though he missed more than half the season, so his pick was somewhat of a surprise. The New York Jets drafted Clark 197th overall.

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• Jets Wire loves Clark’s size and sees potential for significant playing time this fall.

Michigan’s Undrafted Free Agents

Erik Magnuson – San Francisco 49ers

Kyle Kalis – Washington Redskins

Matt Godin – Houston Texans

Dymonte Thomas – Denver Broncos

Channing Stribling – Cleveland Browns

Kenny Allen – Baltimore Ravens

De’Veon Smith – Miami Dolphins

Jeremy Clark drafted 197th overall by New York Jets

Saturday, April 29th, 2017


Cornerback Jeremy Clark rounded out Michigan’s 2017 NFL Draft as the 11th Wolverine selected. He was drafted by the New York Jets with the 13th pick of the sixth round, 197th overall.

Clark missed most of his senior season after tearing his ACL in Week 4. He had started the first three games of the season, recording 10 tackles and two pass breakups prior to his injury. In 2015, he made seven starts, notching 21 tackles and three interceptions.

As a sixth round draft pick, he’ll have work to do to make the Jets roster, but he joins a unit that recorded just eight interceptions in 2016, which was second worst in the league. The Jets were middle of the pack in pass defense and entered the draft with retooling the secondary as a major need. The team signed Morris Claiborne as a free agent but need corners to step up alongside him. Clark will need to fully recover from his injury, but as a big, physical press corner, will have a shot at earning a spot.

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.

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.

Amara Darboh drafted 106th overall by Seattle Seahawks

Friday, April 28th, 2017


Michigan closed out the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft with a flurry of picks, capped off by receiver Amara Darboh being selected 106th overall by the Seattle Seahawks. He will join teammate Delano Hill, who was picked by Seattle just 11 picks prior.

Darboh was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection by both the coaches and media in 2016 and a Biletnikoff Award candidate. He lead the team with 57 receptions for 862 yards and seven touchdowns. He finished his career with 151 catches for 2,062 yards and 14 touchdowns while making 28 starts. He turned in the fourth-longest reception streak in Michigan history, catching at least one pass in 33 straight games.

In the second game of the season, Darboh caught five passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns against UCF, the first multi-touchdowns game of his career. A few weeks later, he scored the game-winning touchdown against Wisconsin, and he also caught the game-tying touchdown in overtime against Ohio State. Against Michigan State, Darboh caught eight passes for 165 yards. The highlight of his career was a turning, fully stretched out, one-handed snag against BYU in 2015.

Darboh is a feel-good American success story. He was born in war-torn Sierra Leone during the country’s civil war that saw both of his parents killed. He was taken in by relatives and adopted by an American family at the age of seven. In 2015, he finally became a United States citizen, and on Friday night he became an NFL player.

The Seahawks had a top 10 passing offense last season, lead by Doug Baldwin’s 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns. But Jermaine Kearse saw a dip in production as the No. 2 receiver despite more targets. Tyler Lockett finished the season as the second-best receiver, despite breaking his leg in Week 16, but he’s a slot guy that fills a different role than Darboh. Still, Darboh will have to compete for playing time given that Seattle has now drafted a receiver in five straight drafts. Paul Richardson came on late last season with 15 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the final four games, while Tanner McEvoy, the former Wisconsin quarterback, is also in the mix.

The NFL Draft will continue on Saturday with rounds four through seven beginning at 12pm Eastern. Jake Butt, Ben Gedeon, Jehu Chesson, Ryan Glasgow, Kyle Kalis, De’Veon Smith, Ben Braden, Channing Stribling, Dymonte Thomas, and Erik Magnuson will all hope to hear their names called.

Delano Hill drafted 95th overall by Seattle Seahawks

Friday, April 28th, 2017


Michigan didn’t have to wait long between its fourth and fifth NFL Draft picks on Friday evening as safety Delano Hill was selected 95th overall by the Seattle Seahawks, just three picks after Jourdan Lewis.

Hill was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and honorable mention selection by the media in 2016. He made 26 career starts at safety, recording 119 career tackles, seven tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three interceptions, and eight pass breakups.

In the 2016 season opener against Hawaii, Hill returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown, and he turned in perhaps his best game of the season with a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo) against Michigan State. One of the highlights of his career was a game-clinching pass breakup in overtime at Indiana in 2015.

The Detroit native joins former teammate Frank Clark in Seattle. Clark was drafted 63rd overall by the Seahawks in the 2015 NFL Draft and put together a solid season in 2016, recording 47 tackles, 10 sacks, and two forced fumbles while starting five games. Seattle’s vaunted secondary is on the verge of an overhaul with Kam Chancelor entering the final year of his contract extension and Richard Sherman among trade talks. The team also drafted Colorado cornerback Shaquill Griffin five picks prior to Hill.

Jourdan Lewis drafted 92nd overall by Dallas Cowboys

Friday, April 28th, 2017


Jourdan Lewis became the fourth Michigan Wolverine selected in the 2017 NFL Draft when he was taken 92nd overall by the Dallas Cowboys. He will join Taco Charlton, who was drafted 28th overall on Thursday night.

Lewis was a consensus first-team All-American, All-Big Ten First-Team selection last season, and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation’s best defensive back. He won the Big Ten’s Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award despite missing the first three games of the season due to injury.

Lewis set Michigan’s career pass breakups record with 45. He also recorded 133 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and six interceptions throughout his career. In 2015, Lewis set Michigan’s single-season pass breakups record with 22.

In 2016, Lewis made the highlight of the season for the Wolverines, leaping and snatching a game-clinching interception against Wisconsin. He also picked off a pass in the win over Michigan State.

In Dallas, Lewis will join fellow cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who was selected in the second round out of Colorado, to help solidify the Cowboys’ secondary. Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne both departed as free agents in the offseason and the Cowboys are shopping Orlando Scandrick. The Cowboys allowed the most pass completions and seventh-most passing yards in the league last season while recording just nine interceptions, which were more than just four other teams.

Lewis does await trial on July 24 for an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred on March 15. The uncertainty regarding his legal status surely caused his draft stock to fall to the late third round. But he’ll have every chance to lock down a spot in the Cowboys secondary this fall.

Chris Wormley drafted 74th overall by Baltimore Ravens

Friday, April 28th, 2017


After seeing two Wolverines drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Michigan had to wait until the third round for the next. Jim Harbaugh’s brother John came to the rescue, selecting defensive lineman Chris Wormley 74th overall on Friday night to the Baltimore Ravens.

Wormley started 30 games throughout his Michigan career, recording 123 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, one fumble recovery, and two pass breakups. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches in 2016 and third-team in 2015. He also received Michigan’s Richard Katcher Award as the team’s top defensive lineman both years.

The Toledo, Ohio native ranked second on the team with six sacks and lead the team with three blocked kicks as a fifth-year senior in 2016. In Week 2, he notched seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and two blocked field goals against UCF. He recorded four of his five quarterback hurries for the season against Michigan State. He also rose to the occasion in the big games, recording 4.5 sacks in the games against Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio State.

In Baltimore, Wormley will fill a hole on the defensive line left by the departures of Lawrence Guy and Timmy Jernigan. He joins former teammate and fellow defensive lineman Willie Henry on the Ravens roster. Henry was drafted in the fourth round (132nd overall) a year ago.