UM’s Chris Wormley goes to another Harbaugh with Ravens
Michigan defensive tackle Chris Wormley was picked by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round with the No. 74 overall pick Friday night in the NFL Draft in Philadelphia.
Wormley was a force at 6-foot-4 and 303 pounds, getting in on 40 tackles, including nine for loss. He had five tackles and a sack against Ohio State.
Wormley put himself on the radar his last two years with the Wolverines, being named the team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year both seasons.
At Michigan, Wormley was coached by Jim Harbaugh and he will now play for Harbaugh's brother, John, in Baltimore.
“He was one of the guys that Jim felt very strongly about,” John Harbaugh said of Wormley to Baltimore media. “He believes in him as a player, believes in him as a guy. We talked about a lot of guys, so it was one of about 14 guys we talked about, but he really thought very highly of him. I don’t think we would have taken him if he didn’t.”
Wormley is looking forward to playing for another Harbaugh.
“I was used to Coach Harbaugh at Michigan for the last two seasons -- hard work, success," he said. "Hopefully, the other Coach Harbaugh has the same values and mindset.”
This is the first time the Wolverines had three players picked in the first three rounds since 2008, when tackle Jake Long was picked No. 1 overall by Miami, followed by quarterback Chad Henne (No. 57, Miami), linebacker Shawn Crable (No. 78, New England) and receiver Mario Manningham (No. 95 by the Giants).
Linebacker Jabrill Peppers (No. 25, Cleveland) and defensive end Taco Charlton (No. 28, Dallas) were first-round picks Thursday.