Free Press sports writer Mark Snyder recaps the second night of the NFL draft which saw four Michigan players taken.
As Michigan chases the NFL modern draft record of 14 selections, Day 3 is the Wolverines moving day.
Six players were taken the first two days — Jabrill Peppers and Taco Charlton in the first round, then Chris Wormley, Jourdan Lewis, Delano Hill and Amara Darboh in the third round. That gave the Wolverines their biggest haul since the 2008 draft when seven U-M players were selected, and today there are four rounds to go.
When Jake Butt was drafted to open the fifth round, he became the 10th U-M player picked, the most since 10 Wolverines went in the 1974 draft.
— Tight end Jake Butt was drafted No. 145 overall to open the fifth round, a precipitous fall after his ACL tear in the Orange Bowl. ESPN.com reporter Darren Rovell tweeted that Butt was gaining $10,000 with each pick he fell below his expected non-injury draft position. But a year after he might have been the No. 2 tight end drafted, going as the eight tight end was a shakeup. Butt expects to be healthy for the early season, which would be nine months after the injury but said he could be ready as soon as six months out, which would be July.
— Receiver Jehu Chesson was drafted No. 139 by the Kansas City Chiefs. This is a lower spot than many projected entering the season as Chesson exploded late in 2015, becoming Michigan’s team MVP, including a record-setting game at Indiana. He entered that season with one career touchdown but ended up with nine that season, catching 50 passes for 764 yards. His numbers were cut by a third in 2016 and his draft stock fell as well. Though he won the races as the team’s fastest player in 2015, a knee injury seemed to sap some of his speed and he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine. It was an average receiver time and with limited strength – 10 reps – his profile suffered.
— Defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow was drafted No. 138 by Cincinnati. While many point to his bloodlines with older brother Graham in the NFL, a third-round pick by the Lions in 2016, Glasgow has made his own niche on the defensive line. He had 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks last season, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. As a former walk-on, he worked his way into the middle, anchoring the line as he emerged midway through 2015. But then a pectoral tear set him back. After months of rehab, he was stronger in 2016, consistently drawing double teams.
— Linebacker Ben Gedeon was drafted No. 120 by the Minnesota Vikings. As Michigan’s most prolific defender last season with a team-high 106 tackles, he made the most of his one season as a starter. Gedeon was aggressive and thrived in defensive coordinator Don Brown’s system, finishing second on the team with 15.5 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks. At the combine, he said he was trying to prove he had athleticism and put on one of the most impressive performances in the bench press, 20 yard and 40 yards shuttles.
“He made an awful lot of plays this year at Michigan,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “Gedeon kind of controlled things up front. Very aggressive… Gedeon I thought did a really nice job. He’s probably a run-only guy. I don’t think he’s going to match up in man coverage, but at the end of the day, he brings toughness and that’s what (general manager) Rick Spielman wants and that’s what (coach) Mike Zimmer wants.”