The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone and it was a good weekend for the Michigan football program. Though 8 of its 10 picks were on the final day of the draft, only three programs in the country have produced more draft picks than Jim Harbaugh’s program.
Since the arrival of Harbaugh, 31 Wolverines have been drafted into the NFL, including 5 first round picks. In the five years prior to that, Michigan only had 13 total draft picks and just 1 first rounder.
So, things are clearly going better for the maize and blue. Next stop is getting the elite level draft picks on a more consistent basis similar to Ohio State, which tied UM with 10 total picks in this draft but included 3 first rounders and 4 day two picks.
That doesn’t take away from what Harbaugh and the staff produced in the 2020 draft. This is huge on the recruiting trail and should continue for the foreseeable future.
Check out Michigan’s 2020 NFL Draft picks and undrafted free agent signings:
1st Round, 24th Overall: Cesar Ruiz to New Orleans Saints
2nd Round, 60th Overall: Josh Uche to New England Patriots
4th Round, 143rd Overall: Ben Bredeson to Baltimore Ravens
5th Round, 162nd Overall: Khaleke Hudson to Washington
5th Round, 177th Overall: Mike Danna to Kansas City Chiefs
6th Round, 182nd Overall: Michael Onwenu to New England Patroits
6th Round, 187th Overall: Donovan Peoples-Jones to Cleveland Browns
6th Round, 192nd Overall: Jon Runyan to Green Bay Packers
6th Round, 205th Overall: Josh Metellus to Minnesota Vikings
6th Round, 213th Overall: Jordan Glasgow to Indianapolis Colts
Undrafted Free Agent: Lavert Hill to Kansas City Chiefs
Undrafted Free Agent: Sean McKeon to Dallas Cowboys
Shea Patterson remains the only name sitting out on the market. If he doesn’t get signed, he’ll likely get a camp tryout.
Michigan produced 12 new NFL players in 2020. 2021 could be another good year with a lot of young talent that could make that early leap to the league.
Who do you think could be a legit pick next year? Who were your favorite picks this year? Let us know in the comment section below!
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