Michigan Sets Record on Day Three of NFL Draft
Ben Gedeon

April 29, 2017

» LB Ben Gedeon (120th overall, Minnesota), DT Ryan Glasgow (138th overall, Cincinnati) and WR Jehu Chesson (139th overall, Kansas City) were selected in the fourth round on day three of the NFL Draft.
» Jake Butt was the first selection of the fifth round (145th overall) by Denver.
» Cornerback Jeremy Clark was drafted in the sixth round (197th overall) by the New York Jets.
» The 11 Wolverines drafted surpass the previous program record of 10, which was set in both 1972 and 1974 seasons.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The University of Michigan set a school record with 11 NFL Draft selections, with five players being selected on the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday (April 29).

The 11 draft picks surpass the previous record of 10, which was set in both 1972 and 1974 seasons. Nine of this year's selections came in the first four rounds, setting another program record.

Linebacker Ben Gedeon (120th overall, Minnesota), defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow (138th overall, Cincinnati) and wide receiver Jehu Chesson (139th overall, Kansas City) were selected in the fourth round, while Jake Butt was the first selection of the fifth round (145th overall) by Denver. Cornerback Jeremy Clark was drafted in the sixth round (197th overall) by the New York Jets.

Gedeon becomes the fourth Wolverine drafted by the Vikings all-time. He is the first U-M player selected by Minnesota since Tripp Welborne in 1991 (seventh round, 180th overall).

Glasgow (138th overall) is the 13th draft selection by Cincinnati and the first U-M pick since Morgan Trent in 2009 (sixth round, 179th overall).

Chesson (139th overall) is the eighth draft selection by Kansas City and first since 2012 when Junior Hemingway was picked in the seventh round (238th overall).

Butt is the 10th U-M player chosen by Denver and first since Michael Schofield in 2014 (95th overall).

Clark becomes the 14th Wolverine drafted by the Jets and first since William Campbell in 2013 (sixth round, 178th overall).

Gedeon was named an All-Big Ten player in 2016, earning second team honors from the media and third team honors from the coaches. A four-year letterman, Gedeon appeared in 51 games and made 14 starting assignments at linebacker, ultimately recording 176 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 21 tackles-for-loss and two pass breakups. He was also a special teams contributor throughout his entire career.

As a senior, Gedeon posted a career best 106 tackles, 15.5 tackles-for-loss, 4.5 sacks and two pass breakups. His outstanding performance earned him the Roger Zatkoff Award for the Top U-M Linebacker.

A native of Hudson, Ohio, Gedeon appeared in 51 games in his career. He earned his degree in economics this past winter and was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team in 2015 and 2016.

Glasgow was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning defensive honors from the coaches and media in 2016 and honorable mention from the coaches and media in 2015. A four-year letterwinner, Glasgow recorded 91 tackles, 18.5 for loss, and five sacks.

As a senior, Glasgow started all 13 games and finished the year winning U-M's Top Defensive Lineman Award, the Richard Katcher Award.

A native of Aurora, Illinois, Glasgow played in 45 games at defensive tackle for the Wolverines, starting 33. Glasgow will graduate in winter 2017 with a degree in economics. Glasgow's older brother Graham plays center for the Detroit Lions, and his younger brother, Jordan, is a safety on the Michigan football team.

Chesson caught 114 passes as a Wolverine, totaling 1639 yards and 12 touchdowns. On the ground, he carried the ball 22 times for 232 yards and three touchdowns. Chesson also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Chesson was named Bo Schembechler team MVP and earned All-Big Ten first team accolades by the coaches in 2015. He led the team with 764 yards and 12 touchdowns, tallying nine receiving, two rushing and one kickoff return scores. At Indiana (Nov. 15), Chesson tied a school record with four receiving touchdowns. He scored nine receiving touchdowns in the final six games and had twice as many receiving scores as any receiver in the Big Ten. In 2016, Chesson was an All-Big Ten honorable mention by the media. Chesson caught 35 passes for 500 yards and two touchdowns, rushing 12 times for 69 yards and a touchdown.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Chesson played in 50 games for the Maize and Blue, starting 25. Chesson was a four-year letterwinner and graduated in spring 2016 with a degree in sociology and is currently enrolled in the Ross School of Business, earning a master's degree in management.

Butt ranks first in Michigan history in receptions (136) and receiving yards by a tight end (1646) while ranking second in touchdowns (11). His 2015 season ranks second for tight ends in receptions (51) and third in yards (654). Butt also caught at least one pass in 26 consecutive games, a streak that is seventh longest in Michigan history.

Butt was a two-time All-Big Ten athlete, earning first team tight end honors from the coaches and media while being named Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year in 2015 and 2016. A four-year letterwinner, Butt was also a two-time All-American and semifinalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's most outstanding tight end, in 2015 and winning in 2016. Additionally, Butt won the 2016 Senior Class Award, given to the most outstanding senior student-athlete who excels in the classroom, community, competition and character.

As a senior and co-captain, Butt started all 13 games and finished the year as U-M's second-leading receiver with 46 catches for 546 yards and four touchdowns. Butt recorded his first multiple-touchdown game against UCF (Sept. 10), catching two scores. He also became the program's all-time leading receiver for tight ends with a five-catch, 76-yard game against Maryland (Nov. 5).

A native of Pickerington, Ohio, Butt appeared in 49 games at tight end, starting 37. Butt will graduate in winter 2017 with a degree in sociology.

Clark finished his Michigan career as a four-year letterman. He appeared in 36 games as a defensive back, starting 15 of those contests. His defensive career contributions include 49 tackles, nine pass breakups and three interceptions.

As a senior, Clark started three games at cornerback. He posted 10 tackles and two pass breakups prior to suffering a season-ending knee injury.

A native of Madisonville, Kentucky, Clark appeared in 36 games during his career. He earned his degree in general studies this winter.

Michigan Players Selected in 2017 NFL Draft

NamePos.Rd.PickTeam
Jabrill PeppersLB/S1st25thPeppers Cleveland Browns
Taco CharltonDE1st28thCharlton Dallas Cowboys
Chris WormleyDE3rd 74th Ravens Baltimore Ravens
Jourdan LewisCB3rd 92nd Cowboys Dallas Cowboys
Delano HillS3rd 95th Seahawks Seattle Seahawks
Amara DarbohWR3rd 106th Seahawks Seattle Seahawks
Ben GedeonLB4th 120th Vikings Minnesota Vikings
Ryan GlasgowDT4th 138th Bengals Cincinnati Bengals
Jehu ChessonWR4th 139th Bengals Kansas City Chiefs
Jake ButtTE5th 145th Broncos Denver Broncos
Jeremy ClarkCB6th 197th Jets New York Jets

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