Michigan has 10 players selected during 2020 NFL Draft
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The University of Michigan football program tied for the second-most players ever selected during an NFL Draft with 10 players chosen during the 2020 selection meetings, including eight Wolverines during rounds four through seven on Saturday.
That group joins first-round pick Cesar Ruiz (New Orleans Saints) and second-round selection Josh Uche (New England Patriots), chosen during the first two days.
The school record of 11 draftees came during the 2017 NFL Draft, with eight defensive players and three offensive performers chosen. In addition to this season, U-M had 10 players drafted during the 1972 and 1974 seasons.
This season, Michigan had five players selected on both sides of the ball, including four offensive linemen and three linebackers. A total of 31 Wolverines have been chosen in the NFL draft during the five drafts with Jim Harbaugh as head coach.
Three Wolverines were chosen during the fourth and fifth rounds. Ben Bredeson started things Saturday with his selection by the Baltimore Ravens with the 143rd overall pick, and the 37th choice in the fourth round. One of Bredeson’s fellow captains, senior viper Khaleke Hudson was taken 19 picks later as the Washington Redskins took the versatile performer with the 17th pick of the fifth round (162nd overall). At the end of the fifth round, the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs made graduate-student defensive end Michael Danna the 32nd selection in the round (177th overall).
A group of five Michigan players were chosen during the sixth round, with three offensive players and two defenders earning selection. The New England Patriots struck early in the round and grabbed their second Michigan player of the draft — this time on the offensive side of the ball — choosing senior offensive guard Michael Onwenu with the 182nd overall pick of the draft. Junior receiver/returner Donovan Peoples-Jones went five picks later to the Cleveland Browns, earning the eighth slot in the sixth round, the 187th overall selection.
Five selections after Peoples-Jones, senior left tackle Jon Runyan became the team’s fourth offensive linemen selected in this year’s draft when the Green Bay Packers made him the 192nd overall pick. He joined his father, Jon Runyan Sr., as an NFL Draft pick for the Wolverines. They became the second father-son duo in Michigan history to be drafted, joining Stan and Braylon Edwards. Stan was a third-round pick of the Houston Oilers and Braylon was a first-round selection by the Cleveland Browns.
Safety Josh Metellus brought the attention back to Michigan’s defenders with his selection by the Minnesota Vikings with the 26th choice in the sixth round (205th overall). Metellus joined his former high school and Wolverine teammate, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush, as an NFL Draft pick. Bush was the 10th player chosen in last year’s draft following three seasons at Michigan.
Linebacker Jordan Glasgow joined the Indianapolis Colts organization eight picks after Metellus, earning the 34th pick of the sixth round (213th overall). Glasgow joins his older brothers, Graham and Ryan, as the only trio of brothers in Michigan history to be selected in the NFL Draft. Graham was a third-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2015 and Ryan was a fourth-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017. All three Glasgow brothers began their careers as walk-ons but earned scholarships during their careers at Michigan.
Remaining members of the Michigan football senior class are eligible to sign free agent contracts with NFL teams.
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