U-M Leads All Programs in Players Picked in 2017 NFL Draft

April 29, 2017

Draft Central

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The 11 draft picks surpass the University of Michigan football team's 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.

• This year's figure led all schools and stands as the 12th most in draft history and is the third-highest total since the draft was reduced to seven rounds. Alabama had 10 draft choices this year, also a school record.

• The Big Ten had 35 total selections with Michigan accounting for 31 percent of the picks. Ohio State had seven selections and Iowa followed with four.

• Safety/linebacker Jabrill Peppers (Cleveland, 25th overall) and defensive end Taco Charlton (Dallas, 28th overall) were selected in the first round, giving U-M multiple selections in the opening round for the eighth time in draft history and the first time since 2005.

• Michigan had four players selected in the third round with defensive end Chris Wormley (Baltimore, 74th overall), cornerback Jourdan Lewis (Dallas, 92nd overall), safety Delano Hill (Seattle, 95th overall) and wide receiver Amara Darboh (Seattle, 106th overall) earning calls.

• On the final day of the draft, linebacker Ben Gedeon (Minnesota, 120th overall), defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow (Cincinnati, 138th overall) and wide receiver Jehu Chesson (Kansas City, 139th overall, Kansas City) were selected in the fourth round, while Jake Butt was the first selection of the fifth round (Denver, 145th overall). Cornerback Jeremy Clark was the final player selected with his call coming in the sixth round (197th overall) by the New York Jets.

• Peppers became the 14th Wolverine drafted by the Browns all-time and 16th U-M player selected by a Cleveland organization (Cleveland Rams). Peppers is the first U-M player selected by the Browns in the first round since Braylon Edwards in 2005 (first round, third overall).

• Charlton and Lewis became the sixth and seventh Wolverines, respectively, drafted by the Cowboys all-time and first since 1991 (Tony Boles). Charlton is the first U-M player selected by the Cowboys in the first round since 1985 (Kevin Brooks, 17th overall).

• Wormley became the third Wolverine drafted by the Ravens all-time and first since 2016 (Willie Henry). Hill and Darboh became the first U-M players selected by Seattle since Frank Clark in 2015 (63rd overall).

• Gedeon became the fourth Wolverine drafted by the Vikings and first since Tripp Welborne in 1991 (180th overall).

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

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

• Attention now turns to the undrafted free-agent market, which will be active throughout the coming weeks. Of the 21 Michigan football players on active NFL rosters, five started their journeys as undrafted free agents.


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