A lot of Michigan players expect to hear their names called in late April during the 2017 NFL Draft.
In fact, the Wolverines will likely end up with more players drafted than any other school this year. And the depth of Michigan’s talent is not lost on the eyes of analysts.
NFL.com’s Chad Reuter ranked Michigan’s draft class as the most talented in 2017, putting the Wolverines ahead of Alabama, LSU, Clemson and rival Ohio State.
“These players were already in Ann Arbor when Jim Harbaugh arrived, and it’s likely that they met their potential under the current coaching staff’s tutelage,” Reuter wrote. “Ohio State had 12 players drafted last year, but Michigan might one-up its rival this year.”
Reuter sees DE Taco Charlton, S Jabrill Peppers, CB Jourdan Lewis and DE Chris Wormley going in the early rounds of the draft, with TE Jake Butt, WR Amara Darboh, OT Erik Magnuson and RB De’Veon Smith going in the middle rounds. The analyst also thinks eight other Michigan players have a chance to be selected in the later rounds.
Michigan could very well top Ohio State’s 12 draft picks from 2016, which would be a nice one-upping for the program. It doesn’t look like the Wolverines could repeat what the Buckeyes did last year and have 10 players selected in the first three rounds, however.