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Michigan sets program record with 11 players drafted

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Ben Gedeon

Michigan cornerback Jeremy Clark was part of a record-breaking NFL draft for the Wolverines, getting picked by the New York Jets in the sixth round Saturday afternoon with the 197th overall pick.

Clark became the 11th Michigan player taken in the draft, setting a school record for players taken in a draft, one more than the Wolverines had chosen in 1972 and again in 1974, but multiple players during those years were taken in the 10th round or later. There are only seven rounds now.

Michigan now has more players taken in the draft than any other school, one more than Alabama. The Wolverines have had at least one player drafted in each of the six rounds.

Clark has the size for a safety at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. He was having a strong senior season before suffering an ACL injury during the fourth game. He attempted to get a sixth year of eligibility – he took a redshirt early on – but was denied by the NCAA.

Tight end Jake Butt was finally taken with the first pick in the fifth round, No. 145 overall by the Denver Broncos.

Butt, a 6-foot-5, 245-pounder with outstanding skills and a great route runner, was projected as a first-round pick prior to suffering a torn right ACL in the Orange Bowl game against Florida State.

"All it took was a little trust in God and a little patience," Butt wrote on Twitter. "Couldn't be happier to be a part of the Broncos!!!"

Butt had 97 receptions for 1,200 yards and seven TDs in his final two seasons at Michigan prior to the injury.

Butt became the 10th Michigan player taken in the draft, matching Alabama’s total. It was the first time in history that two schools each had 10 picks in the first 150.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Butt had an insurance policy that was to pay him $150,000 if he wasn't taken through the first three rounds, and $10,000 per pick after that, for a grand total of $543,000.

Butt was the eighth tight end taken in the draft. The Lions picked Toledo tight end Michael Roberts in the fourth round (No. 126).

Earlier Saturday, the Cincinnati Bengals picked defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow in the fourth round with the No. 138 overall pick.

Glasgow, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound former walk-on from Aurora, Illinois, is the younger brother of Graham Glasgow who started on the offensive line for the Lions as a rookie last fall.

Minutes later, the Kansas City Chiefs picked Michigan receiver Jehu Chesson at No. 139.

Glasgow was named Michigan Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2016, getting in on 39 tackles, 9.5 for loss to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.

Chesson used his size (6-3, 200 pounds) to grab 35 passes for 500 yards after a strong junior year (50 receptions, 764 yards, nine TDs).

“I’m eager to get there,” Chesson told chiefs.com about being drafted by Kansas City. “I’m eager to learn, eager to get a playbook in my hands and meet my coaches and teammates. It’s going to be a great experience and I can’t wait to attack it with enthusiasm.”

The draft just opened for business for Day No. 3 when linebacker Ben Gedeon was picked with the No. 120 overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings.

“I’m so excited to be a part of the Vikings now, I’m all pumped up,” Gedeon said. “It’s a dream come true, growing up it was always something I wanted to do and to hear my name called in the draft was pretty special.”

Gedeon made the most of his lone season as a starting linebacker at Michigan, getting in on a team-high 106 tackles, including 15.5 for loss to collect second-team All-Big Ten recognition.

Gedeon, 6-2 and 240 pounds, was predicted to be a late-round pick, some publications had him not even getting drafted at all.

He was a force in Michigan’s overtime loss against Ohio State, making 10 tackles, including two for lost yardage. Gedeon was also impressive at the NFL combine after his outstanding senior season, including a 34.5-inch vertical while benching 225 pounds 27 times.

Gedeon learned he was headed for the Vikings while watching from his home in Hudson, Ohio, and getting a call from Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman.

“I’m just hanging around in the family room so it was special for all of us,” Gedeon said. “When the phone rings, it was like ‘This is really happening,’ I think it really doesn’t set in until you’re off the phone, then I could hug my parents, hug my brother and that was cool. I think it really set in after I got off the phone.”

MICHIGAN DRAFT PICKS

Jabrill Peppers, LB, Cleveland – first round (No. 25)

Taco Charlton, DE, Dallas – first round (No. 28)

Chris Wormley, DT, Baltimore – third round (No. 74)

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Dallas – third round (No. 92)

Delano Hill, S, Seattle – third round (No. 95)

Amara Darboh, WR, Seattle – third round (No. 106)

Ben Gedeon, LB, Minnesota – fourth round (No. 120)

Ryan Glasgow, DT, Cincinnati – fourth round (No. 138)

Jehu Chesson, WR, Kansas City – fourth round (No. 139)

Jake Butt, TE, Denver – fifth round (No. 145)

Jeremy Clark, CB, Jets – sixth round (No. 197)