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Shea Patterson is one of several Michigan players who will be eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Michigan QB Shea Patterson, LB Devin Bush among draft-eligible players in 2019

Rachel Lenzi

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How many Michigan players will get drafted in 2019? — Steven Francisco Callejas, via Facebook

It’s too early to say who will be selected in the 2019 NFL Draft from Michigan. But it isn’t too early to say how many players are draft-eligible from Michigan. We can’t give an exact number of how many Wolverines will be drafted, but Michigan will continue its track record of producing NFL draft products. It will be a higher number in 2019 than the two players selected in 2018.

Michigan has several seniors and fifth-year seniors whose college eligibility will expire after 2018, including defensive end Chase Winovich, running back Karan Higdon and defensive lineman Bryan Mone. In addition, there are some underclassmen who can forgo the remainder of their eligibility and declare for the NFL draft. That group includes a few big names: defensive end Rashan Gary, linebacker Devin Bush and quarterback Shea Patterson, who will be juniors this fall.

Bush might be the most intriguing of those three Wolverines who are draft-eligible. He was a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker in 2017 and led the Wolverines with 102 tackles last season. Early draft evaluations note his speed, athleticism and ability to quickly read plays by the offense.

“He’s a live one,” Dan Shonka, a former NFL scout and general manager of Ourlads.com, said of Bush earlier this month. “He’s going to be a guy we definitely want to keep an eye on.”

Draftblaster.com projects Bush as either a first- or second-round pick in 2019. WalterFootball.com has Patterson and Gary in the top 5 in its most recent 2019 mock draft.

The wild cards are the players who will be eligible to declare early for the draft. That group also includes viper Khaleke Hudson, safety Josh Metellus and running back Chris Evans.

Underclassmen will have until mid-January 2019 to declare for the NFL draft, so we have more than six months until we find out who will take that step. Yet the number of potential prospects for the 2019 draft is promising in that it will continue to prove Michigan is a program that prepares and puts players in the NFL.

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