Where Michigan football players selected ESPN 2024 mock NFL draft


The 2024 NFL draft is fast approaching and Michigan has a chance to break the record for most players selected in a single draft. The Wolverines already set the record for the most players invited to a combine (18), and ESPN draft expert Matt Miller predicts the Wolverines will break the selection record as well, beating out 2022 Georgia’s 15 selections.

The interesting thing about Michigan’s draft prospects is that nearly all of them are expected to go on day three (fourth round or later). Quarterback J.J. McCarthy is the lone first-rounder, and there isn’t a second pick until 45th overall. See the full breakdown of each Wolverine selected here.

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First round, fourth pick: J.J. McCarthy, Denver Broncos

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The Broncos are in the midst of a rebuild and haven’t had good quarterback play since Peyton Manning brought a ring to Denver. I’m not a huge fan of this fit since McCarthy would likely be asked to lead the ship in year one with a rocky supporting cast, but the talent is certainly there for McCarthy to go this high.

Second round, 45th pick: Roman Wilson, New Orleans Saints

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Michigan’s leading receiver from 2023 heads to Cajun land. Wilson is the perfect compliment to Chris Olave and would make for a terrific one/two punch for Derrick Carr. The Saints have needed more depth at receiver and Wilson can step in and compete with Rashid Shaheed for the second wide receiver spot.

Second round, 62nd pick: Mike Sainristil, Baltimore Ravens

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One of Michigan’s captains heads to Baltimore to join what was the league’s best defense in 2023. The Ravens and Wolverines employ very similar schemes, so Sainristil should be able to start instantly.

Second round, 63rd pick: Kris Jenkins, San Francisco 49ers

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The Niners surprisingly cut Arik Armstead after making a Super Bowl run and now need to add some youth to the room. Jenkins and Armstead are different stylistically, but there’s a lot to like about Jenkins and he should be considered one of the safer players in the class.

Third round, 79th pick: Junior Colson, Atlanta Falcons

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Colson led Michigan in tackles and would likely be a starter for an Atlanta defense that is seriously lacking a dominant physical presence at linebacker. Colson has rare athleticism and toughness that make him a wanted commodity.

Third round, 94th pick: Zak Zinter, San Francisco 49ers

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The Niners double-dip into the Wolverine well and walk away with a future starter at guard. Zinter obviously missed valuable time with a serious leg injury, but he is expected to recover fully and will be looked back on as a steal in a couple of years.

Fourth round, 105th pick: Blake Corum, Los Angeles Chargers

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Blake gets to keep working with Harbaugh as the two team up again in LA. Corum is known as a terrific worker and could end up as an effective pro back if he returns to 2022 form.

Sixth round, 182nd pick: Braiden McGregor, Tennessee Titans

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McGregor was never fully allowed to reach his ceiling in Ann Arbor. He spent the first couple of years nursing an ACL injury, then was asked to split time in an edge room loaded with NFL talent. McGregor has the length and athleticism to be a starter in the NFL but must get to a place that will allow him to fully explore his potential.

Sixth round, 185th pick: Drake Nugent, Arizona Cardinals

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The Cardinals have some issues up front and could use depth to protect their franchise quarterback Kyler Murray. Nugent is a true center and might be able to start with some development, but at his worst is a serviceable backup.

Sixth round, 191st pick: Trevor Keegan, Indianapolis Colts

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The Colts love to put massive bodies on the offensive line and Keegan is a terrific way to keep their mean-streak culture going. He’s a typically Big Ten cheesegrater up front and will surely be able to move bodies in the run game. There are questions about pass protection, but that’s not why you’re drafting Keegan.

Sixth round, 192nd pick: Michael Barrett, Seattle Seahawks

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Barrett is the winningest player in Michigan history and shows it. He’s got a terrific football IQ and understands exactly where to be on the field. Every year there are one or two linebackers that go late but end up starting, I think Barrett is that kind of talent.

Sixth round, 196th pick: Cornelius Johnson, Los Angeles Rams

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Johnson is a terrific athlete who flashed an ability to make big plays last season. He goes to a Rams squad that is set at receiver, but if Kupp or Nacua go down there’s a distinct lack of depth.

Sixth round, 199th pick: Jaylen Harrell, New Orleans Saints

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New Orleans has shown a liking for edge defenders who can also drop into coverage, and Harrell fits that bill perfectly. He’s can slide into the Saints defense as a role player with a shot and getting serious playing time in passing situations.

Sixth round, 203rd pick: Trente Jones, Denver Broncos

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Jones follows McCarthy to Denver but will likely slide inside to guard despite playing tackle in college. Trente was originally set to return to Michigan in 2024 but had terrific outings in starts against Iowa, Alabama, and Washington.

Seventh round, 227th pick: LaDarius Henderson, Tennessee Titans

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Like Jones, Henderson projects best at guard in the NFL. He’s got the athleticism and physicality to move bodies in the run game and has enough pass-blocking ability to survive against most interior guys. I wouldn’t be surprised if Henderson ends up starting quicker than Zinter due to the latters injury recovery.

Seventh round, 235th pick: AJ Barner, Seattle Seahawks

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Barner is the ideal second tight end in the modern NFL. He doesn’t have the elite athleticism that is asked of most stars at the position, but he is capable of getting open and does great work in the run game. Expect him to stick in the league for a while, even if he never emerges as a true starter.



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