ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh made a projection for the spring’s NFL draft.
When discussing NFL personnel visits to Michigan this season, Harbaugh said he sees the NFL taking a haul of Wolverines in this spring’s draft.
“I don’t know how many guys will get drafted, but it’ll be double digits,” Harbaugh said Monday on his weekly radio show on WTKA-AM in Ann Arbor.
In the last five seasons, Michigan has had at least two players selected by NFL teams, and more signed as undrafted free agents.
Since 1990, the most players that have been selected in the draft from Michigan is seven, in 1990, 2007 and 2008. Michigan keeps a log of NFL draft picks on its website.
However, Michigan will have at least three who are NFL draft prospects this season, DL Chris Wormley, CB Jourdan Lewis and TE Jake Butt, who returned to the Wolverines this season instead of declaring for the 2016 draft.
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And there’s potentially more, including senior CB Channing Stribling and LB Jabrill Peppers, who is a redshirt sophomore but who is three years out of high school. CBSSports.com projected Peppers as the No. 6 pick in a mock draft posted Saturday, while Sports Illustrated last month projected Peppers as the No. 5 pick and Lewis at No. 28.
Harbaugh said earlier this month that he will discuss with Peppers his potential NFL future after the season.
Michigan, Harbaugh said, “rolls out the red carpet” for NFL scouts and general managers who visit the program’s facility on a weekly basis, typically team scouts on Tuesdays and general managers on Wednesdays.
“We aspire for our guys to play at the very highest level, the NFL,” Harbaugh said. “Anything we can do that’s more beneficial to our players, to be evaluated, the better.”