ROME — After taking questions on everything from politics to religion to pizza head-on over the last four days in Italy, the scribes finally found a subject Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh preferred to sidestep.
With the first round of the NFL draft slated for Thursday and last-minute doubts creeping in regarding former Michigan S/LB/PR/wildcat QB after reports emerged that Peppers reportedly tested positive for a “dilute sample” at the scouting combine in early March, Harbaugh was asked early Thursday for his thoughts on Peppers’ NFL stock.
Then did an end-around.
“We’re going for the record today,” Harbaugh replied after his Wolverines completed their first of three practices at the Olympic Training Center. “We are.
“Today, tomorrow and Saturday, it’s a three-day draft, right? We understand 14 as being the record. Saying our prayers that we’ll break that record.”
Annnnnnd … that was it.
‘We’ll probably wake up in the morning and find out.’
— Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh on the first round of the NFL Draft
The “record” in question is that of the 14 Ohio State players chosen 2004, the most from any one school in modern NFL draft history. The Buckeyes had 12 drafted last spring; Miami (Fla.) had 11 in 2002.
The Wolverines had 14 players at the combine, the most of any college program.
Michigan’s previous high for players taken in one modern draft — as, since the event was cut to seven rounds in 1994 — is seven.
Just don’t plan on Harbaugh burning the midnight oil in Italy chasing tonight’s results.
Staying up to watch it, coach? Or do you prefer to catch up to the first round Friday morning in Rome, which is the middle of the night back home?
“We’ll probably wake up in the morning and find out,” Harbaugh replied.