Jeremy Clark missed out on much of his senior season with Michigan, but he did not miss out on the 2017 NFL Draft.
The New York Jets on Saturday selected Clark with the No. 197 overall pick — the 13th selection in the sixth round — making him the 11th player drafted from Michigan, a new record for the program. The Wolverines had 10 players drafted in 1972 and ’74.
Clark was beginning to come into his own in the absence of injured teammate Jourdan Lewis at the start of 2016, but Clark sustained a torn ACL four games into the season. Michigan pursued a sixth year of eligibility for Clark but after that was denied, Clark opted for the NFL Draft.
He went to the NFL combine in February but didn’t participate in drills, as he was continuing his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery.
Clark originally came to Michigan as a safety but moved to cornerback, where coaches hoped to utilize his athleticism and his size. In 36 games, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Clark had 49 tackles, 3 interceptions and 7 passes defended, including 10 tackles and 3 pass breakups in Michigan’s first four games in 2016.