ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The 2017 NFL Draft is over, and rookie minicamps begin this weekend. A record 11 players from Michigan will join NFL teams as draft picks, including a pair of first-round selections in Jabrill Peppers and Taco Charlton.
Peppers and Charlton are Michigan’s first duo to be selected in the first round since 2005, when the Cleveland Browns took Braylon Edwards at No. 3 and the Indianapolis Colts took cornerback Marlin Jackson at No. 29.
Here’s where each of the Wolverines’ draftees are headed, and what team personnel had to say about Michigan’s 11 draftees.
Jabrill Peppers, LB/S
Peppers joins a beleaguered franchise, but also one that continues to map its future, as evidenced by draft picks such as Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. Like Michigan did, the Browns plan to utilize Peppers’ versatility.
“Line him up in a lot of different places and give him that opportunity,” Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters. “He is a football player, a very dynamic player. Obviously, he’s going to play defense for us, but we’ll find a role for him over there on offense. No question.”
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Taco Charlton, DE
Charlton joins one of the NFL’s most recognizable franchises, and “America’s Team” plans to use Charlton at right defensive end to maximize his pass-rushing abilities. Charlton will join a former Wolverines staffer in Dallas; defensive backs coach Greg Jackson coached at Michigan in 2015.
“You watch him rush against some of the best competition in college football and he’s a productive player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. “We think he does a lot of good things technically as a rusher, but he also has a lot of room to grow.”
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) May 2, 2017
Chris Wormley, DL
Wormley said at Michigan’s pro day that if he dropped below the second round, he would be disappointed. The Ravens took the defensive lineman in the third round, and Wormley goes from one Harbaugh to another — from Jim’s Wolverines to John’s Ravens.
“I heard great things about him,” John Harbaugh said on a conference call with reporters. “He’s one of the guys that Jim felt very strongly about. He believes in him as a player, believes in him as a guy.
“We talked about a lot of guys, so he was one of about 14 guys we talked about — but he thought highly of Chris, very highly of him. I don’t think we would have taken him if he didn’t.”
Jourdan Lewis, CB
Lewis joins Charlton in the Lone Star State. While he proved himself to be one of college football’s effective players in pass coverage, questions surround his character. A trial is set for July 24 in Ann Arbor’s 15th District Court on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, which stems from an alleged altercation with his former live-in girlfriend in March.
“We have thoroughly looked at his situation much earlier,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “One of his particular greatest attributes, assets, was his outstanding off-the-field character throughout his life, and on top of that, his great football character. We were satisfied that we would be OK there.”
— Taco Charlton (@TheSupremeTaco) April 29, 2017
Delano Hill, S
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Hill was a sleeper pick of sorts, playing in a stacked defensive backfield at Michigan. When speaking with reporters last week during the draft, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll projected the selection of Hill as one that would help Seattle’s depth and versatility at the position. Hill already has one thing to look forward to in Seattle — the passion of its fan base, better known as “The 12s.”
“The fans are crazy, the 12s are crazy,” Hill told Seahawks.com. “I want to play in an atmosphere like that; I love that atmosphere. It reminds me of Michigan.”
Amara Darboh, WR
It’s a feat that Darboh made it to the NFL, but an even bigger feat that he has come so far in life. His parents were killed in Sierra Leone when he was 2 years old, and Darboh came to the United States when he was 12, settling in Iowa. A few years later, he emerged as one of Michigan’s top wide receivers.
“He’s young in football and looks like a professional wide receiver,” Seattle general manager John Schneider told reporters. “That’s probably the most amazing thing about his story. He’s seen as a grit kid who’s been through a ton in his life.
“I’ve never met anyone from Iowa I didn’t like. He was living in Des Moines, Iowa, right? He’s really a good route runner, he’s got good ball skills, he’ll block, he’ll play on (special) teams. He’s one of those kids that checks off all the boxes.”
Ben Gedeon, LB
Gedeon primarily played middle linebacker in his senior season at Michigan, but the Vikings project him as a versatile linebacker.
“He can probably play either (inside or outside),” Zimmer told Vikings.com. “I like the way he plays, I like the way he’s physical at the point of attack, very instinctive. Our linebackers all kind of have to play all the different spots. If we have to move some guys around, we will.”
Ryan Glasgow, DT
Ryan Glasgow is one of three Glasgow brothers who walked on at Michigan. His older brother, Graham, enters his second year with the Detroit Lions, while his younger brother, Jordan, is a linebacker at Michigan.
“He’s a lunch-pail type of guy,” Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther told reporters of Ryan Glasgow. “We went there to work him out and he’s a great kid. Everybody talks so highly of the guy. He really stood out to us at the Senior Bowl, both as a pass rusher and interior run defender.”
Jehu Chesson, WR
Kansas City Chiefs
Chesson, who grew up in Missouri, could be used as either a wide receiver or returner for the Chiefs. Kansas City scout Pat Sperduto praised Chesson for his work ethic — also using the term “lunch pail” when discussing Kansas City’s pick.
“He’s a polished kid,” Sperduto said. “Some kids need time to develop. He’s not the type who will need too much time to develop.”
Jake Butt, TE
Butt’s draft stock plummeted after he tore the ACL in his right knee Dec. 30 in the Orange Bowl, and he slipped to the fifth round. Yet when it came to his upside, Butt got a ringing endorsement from Broncos general manager — and NFL Hall of Fame member — John Elway.
“Jake’s not even close to the fifth round if he’s not hurt,” Elway told reporters. “So, sometimes that’s where you can get good value. If you’re willing to be patient with them and give them time to get healthy then we’ve got a darn good player.”
We were holding our breath these last few picks hoping to get Michigan TE Jake Butt. A top-notch TE we're fortunate to select in the 5th.
— John Elway (@johnelway) April 29, 2017
Jeremy Clark, CB
New York Jets
Clark was the last Wolverine drafted, but the Jets selection set the record for Michigan draftees in one season. Clark missed all but four games because of a torn ACL, and said Saturday on a conference call he was “about 75 percent healthy.”
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