Draft tape: Michigan Wolverines

Draft tape: Michigan Wolverines

A first string loaded with upperclassmen in 2016 means a lot of potential 2017 NFL draftees for the Michigan Wolverines. The total number of former Wolverines drafted could surpass 10, with two projected to potentially go in the first round in Jabrill Peppers and Taco Charlton.

Watch some of Michigan’s NFL Draft prospects’ video resumes below.

Jabrill Peppers – S/LB: Drafted No. 25 overall by Cleveland Browns
Background: The 2016 Heisman finalist left Ann Arbor after three years on campus and two on the field as a do-it-all force on both sides of the ball. And those two years were special, as Peppers was the B1G Freshman of the Year in 2015 and an All-Big Ten First-Teamer in 2016. He also won B1G Defensive Player of the Year and Linebacker of the Year Honors as a redshirt sophomore.

Taco Charlton – DE: Drafted No. 28 overall by Dallas Cowboys
Background: An Ohio native who ventured up north to play for Michigan. Just like the name “Taco” stuck with him as a child, he finally stuck on the Michigan D-line as a senior. He put it all together in 2016, and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection with a team-leading 9.5 sacks.

Chris Wormley – DT: Drafted in Rd. 3, No. 74 overall by Baltimore Ravens 
Background: Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2016 and racked up six sacks. He was a force for four years at Michigan and was part of a fearsome D-line as a senior.

Jourdan Lewis – CB: Drafted in Rd. 3, No. 92 overall by Dallas Cowboys

Delano Hill – S: Drafted in Rd. 3, No. 95 overall by Seattle Seahawks
Background:  Was second-team All-Big Ten as a senior, and was effective both in the backfield (4.5 TFL) and in the secondary (three INTs).

Amara Darboh – WR: Drafted in Rd. 3, No. 106 overall by Seattle Seahawks 
Background: Darboh left war-torn Sierra Leone at age seven for the United States and carved out a great career at Michigan, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior.

Jake Butt: TE
Background: An Ohio kid who made the Buckeyes regret not recruiting him, Butt racked up two straight seasons with second-team All-American honors as a junior and senior. He was the Big Ten’s top tight end in those seasons as well, but some uncertainty hovers over his draft stock after he tore his ACL in the Citrus Bowl.
Projected round: 2-3


Ben Gedeon: LB
Background: Was Michigan’s leading tackler as a senior in 2016, which was his first year as a full-time starter.
Projected round: 6

Channing Stribling: CB
Background: Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior after working his way up the depth chart. He led Michigan with four interceptions in 2016.
Projected round: 6


Jehu Chesson: WR
Background: An injury hampered him entering 2016 as a senior, and he couldn’t match his impressive junior season in 2015. Even if he falls out of the draft, he’ll get a shot to prove himself on an NFL roster.
Projected round: Late-round, possible free agent.

De’Veon Smith: RB
Background: Another Ohio native, Smith led the Wolverines in rushing his last two seasons.
Projected round: Late-round, possible free agent.


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