NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The University of Michigan football program had four members of its 2003 Big Ten championship team drafted in the 2004 National Football League Draft completed Sunday (April 25) in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Quarterback John Navarre (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy HS) and offensive tackle Tony Pape (Clarendon Hills, Ill./Hinsdale South HS) were selected in the seventh round of the draft Sunday to join first-day selections Chris Perry and Jeremy LeSueur.
Navarre was the first Wolverine plucked off the draft board on the second day. He was the first pick of the seventh round, the 202nd overall, by the Arizona Cardinals. Navarre finished his collegiate career in style by earning All-Big Ten first team honors after directing U-M's potent offense to the 2003 Big Ten championship and a berth in the 2004 Rose Bowl. He completed 270-of-456 passes (.592) for 3,331 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2003. A three-year starter, Navarre owns seven Michigan season passing records and seven career marks, in addition to the season and career total offense records. He completed 765-of-1,366 passes (.560) for 9,254 yards and 72 touchdowns, all Michigan career passing records.
Pape followed Navarre 19 spots later in the seventh round with his selection by the Miami Dolphins (221st pick). Pape earned Associated Press All-America second team honors and first-team All-Big Ten accolades after help pave the way for All-America Chris Perry's rushing performance and Navarre's record-setting passing effort in 2003. Pape started all 13 games at right tackle and finished his career by starting 37 of his last 38 games (the only non-start came in the 2001 Purdue game).
Other members of the Michigan football program may begin signing free agent contracts tonight.
Following are the Wolverines selected in the 2004 NFL Draft:
|Player, Pos.||NFL Team||Overall Pick|
|Chris Perry, RB||Cincinnati Bengals||26th (1st round, 26th pick)|
|Jeremy LeSueur, DB||Denver Broncos||85th (3rd round, 22nd pick)|
|John Navarre, QB||Arizona Cardinals||202nd (7th round, 1st pick)|
|Tony Pape, OT||Miami Dolphins||221st (7th round, 20th pick)|
Perry Chosen 26th in NFL Draft; LeSueur Also Selected (4/24/04)
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