INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan boasts the most players at the 2017 NFL Combine with 14.
And Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has an ‘in’ with every single one of them.
Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, coaches the Wolverines. In his two years at Michigan, Jim Harbaugh has led the program to consecutive 10-win seasons, including an Orange Bowl berth this year. He’s a reservoir of information, of which John Harbaugh wants to tap.
“Do I talk to Jim about those guys?” John Harbaugh said Wednesday morning. “Yeah, I’ve got a pretty good handle on all those guys based on what Jim thinks of those guys.”
Michigan’s players at the combine include: receivers Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson; tight end Jake Butt, linebackers Ben Gedeon and Jabrill Peppers; defensive backs Channing Stribling, Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill and Jeremy Clark; running back De’Veon Smith; guard Ben Braden; and defensive linemen Taco Chalton, Chris Wormley and Ryan Glasgow.
It’s an impressive haul, but John Harbaugh was quick to complement Michigan’s previous coaching staff for recruiting those players to Ann Arbor.
“I think it says a lot about the program,” John Harbaugh said. “I think it says a lot about Jim. I think he did a great job and his staff developing those players. I also think (former coach) Brady Hoke deserves a lot of credit. Jim would be the first to say that, too. Those guys were recruited by Brady and his staff, and it’s a heck of a class that they put together there. A couple of classes with the seniors and the juniors.”