Ben Gedeon became the first Michigan player picked on the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.
The Minnesota Vikings tabbed Gedeon in the fourth round Saturday, with the No. 120 overall pick. He became the seventh player selected from Michigan, giving the Wolverines the second-most draftees in the top 120 (Alabama had 10).
Gedeon was the quiet leader of the defense in 2016 — a player who didn’t say much but whose play on the field spoke for itself.
Playing primarily at middle linebacker in 2016, Gedeon teamed with Mike McCray and fellow NFL draftee Jabrill Peppers to give the Wolverines a solid linebacking unit. Gedeon led Michigan with 106 tackles to go with 4.5 sacks, 2 pass breakups and 2 quarterback hurries.
Furthermore, Gedeon led all linebackers who participated in the bench press at the NFL combine with 27 reps of 225 pounds. He also tied Wisconsin’s T.J. Watt for the best 20-yard shuttle (4.13 seconds) among linebackers.