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Jabrill Peppers (No. 5, top) and Taco Charlton (bottom) were selected in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.

Jabrill Peppers and Taco Charlton end 12-year Michigan streak, the Italian Wolverines and more

Kevin Goheen

Wake up, University of Michigan fans, and welcome to Breakfast of Victors, Land of 10’s daily morning briefing of Wolverines athletics. We’ll get your weekdays started with all the latest Michigan news, notes and insights. Our goal is to bring you closer to the Maize and Blue, your favorite team.

Today is Friday, April 28, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…


It had been 12 years since two Michigan players were selected in the first round of the NFL draft in the same year. That streak ended Thursday night when safety Jabrill Peppers and defensive end Taco Charlton were picked three selections apart. Cleveland chose Peppers with the 25th overall pick, while Dallas took Charlton with the 28th selection.

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards (Cleveland, No. 3) and cornerback Marlin Jackson (Indianapolis, No. 29) in 2005 were the last pair of Wolverines to be picked in the first round in the same year.

Peppers and Charlton received plenty of support and congratulations from teammates old and new.

Michigan now has had a player chosen in the NFL draft in 79 consecutive years, which ties USC for the most by any program. Peppers and Charlton are the first Michigan players taken in the first round since offensive tackle Taylor Lewan in 2014 by Tennessee.

For all the speculation of what position Peppers who played all over the field for the Wolverines  will play in the NFL, Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson said Peppers will be a safety on defense. Jackson also will find a way to utilize Peppers on offense. “He’s a football player, a very dynamic player,” Jackson said Thursday night. “Obviously, he’s going to play defense for us, but we’ll find a role for him over there on offense, no question.”

The draft continues today at 7 p.m. ET with the second and third rounds, and will conclude with Rounds 4-7 starting at noon ET on Saturday.

The other Wolverines

The Michigan football team had visitors at Friday’s practice in Rome an Italian American football team also named the Wolverines.

The team was there to watch practice and take part in a coaching clinic being given by the Michigan staff. There were other benefits to the occasion.

Even Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison and defensive coordinator Don Brown got jerseys.

Breakfast links

  • The Michigan baseball team plays on the road for the first time since March 26 when it travels to Rutgers for a three-game series starting Friday at 3 p.m.
  • The softball team hosts Indiana this weekend for its final home series of the regular season. The Wolverines will host the Big Ten tournament May 11-13.
  • Stevie Jones played four seasons in the NFL and has been to training camp a couple of more years. Sean Keeler has the story of how the former Michigan defensive back is ready for his next challenge.