Michigan has flourished during Jim Harbaugh’s first two seasons as coach. The former Wolverines quarterback has recruited two standout classes since arriving in January 2015 and improved the team’s record each year.
Harbaugh has also succeeded in making the most of the talent he inherited. According to NFL.com‘s Chad Reuter, Michigan has the most talented potential draft class of any school in college football.
“These players were already in Ann Arbor when Jim Harbaugh arrived, and it’s likely that they met their potential under the current coaching staff’s tutelage,” Reuter wrote. “Ohio State had 12 players drafted last year, but Michigan might one-up its rival this year.”
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The Wolverines have 16 players eligible for the 2017 NFL draft, all of whom joined the program prior to the coach’s arrival. Reuter projects defensive end Taco Charlton, cornerback Jourdan Lewis, safety Jabril Peppers and defensive end Chris Wormley as early round picks.
He also sees tight end Jake Butt and wide receiver Amara Darboh as potential second-round picks, but could see them falling to the third round as sleeper selections.
Overall, Michigan could surpass Ohio State’s impressive total of 12 draft picks in 2016. But it’s unlikely that the Wolverines will have 10 players selected in the first three rounds like the Buckeyes did last year.
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