Michigan Wolverines, led by Jim Harbaugh, had the most players drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft with a total of 11 players selected. That was one more than Alabama who had the next most players drafted. But the state of Michigan provided another six players whose names were called over the three days of the draft. The Western Michigan Broncos had three, the Michigan State Spartans two and Eastern Michigan had one.
The eleven players selected for the Wolverines was a record number for one draft for the Maize and Blue. Linebacker/Safety Jabrill Peppers was first off the board at pick No. 25 to the Cleveland Browns. Three picks later Defensive End, Taco Charlton, was picked No. 28 to the Dallas Cowboys. There was some concern that Peppers would slide into Round Two after results of a test he took at the NFL Combine in March showed a diluted sample.
Surprisingly, none of the Michigan players were selected by the Detroit Lions, although players such as Peppers, Charlton and Tight End, Jake Butt, were rumored to possibly go there. Here is the complete list of Michigan players selected.
MICHIGAN DRAFT PICKS
Jabrill Peppers, LB, Cleveland – first round (No. 25)
Taco Charlton, DE, Dallas – first round (No. 28)
Chris Wormley, DT, Baltimore – third round (No. 74)
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Dallas – third round (No. 92)
Delano Hill, S, Seattle – third round (No. 95)
Amara Darboh, WR, Seattle – third round (No. 106)
Ben Gedeon, LB, Minnesota – fourth round (No. 120)
Ryan Glasgow, DT, Cincinnati – fourth round (No. 138)
Jehu Chesson, WR, Kansas City – fourth round (No. 139)
Jake Butt, TE, Denver – fifth round (No. 145)
Jeremy Clark, CB, Jets – sixth round (No. 197)
But it turned out to be a player from the MAC Champion Western Michigan Broncos who was the first player selected on Thursday night from a Michigan school. Wide Receiver Corey Davis was the 5th overall selection when the Tennessee Titans called his name. He was also the first wide receiver off the board.
Offensive Lineman Taylor Moton became the second player from Western selected when the Carolina Panthers grabbed him with the final pick in Round Two (No. 32 overall). It was then Linebacker Keion Adams who became the third Bronco picked when he went No. 248 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 7.
The Michigan State Spartans had a tough year on the field in 2016 and the draft reflected it, as just two Spartans were selected. Defensive Lineman Malik McDowell was an early second round pick (No. 35 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks and Defensive Back Montae Nicholson was taken in Round Four (No. 123 overall) by the Washington Redskins.
The Lions did, however, select one player from a Michigan school when they took Defensive End Pat O’Connor with their final pick in Round Seven (No. 250 overall).
With the wealth of talent that is leaving Ann Arbor for the NFL, Harbaugh will need to rely on his younger players and some prize recruits during the upcoming season. For Western, they are hoping that 2017 is another strong year for their program as they continue to gain a national reputation. We’ll see how everything shakes out around this time next year. Stay tuned.