Chris Wormley: 'Exciting to go from Harbaugh to Harbaugh'

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Michigan defensive lineman Chris Wormley was ready to board a flight to return home Sunday afternoon after celebrating a friend’s wedding in Florida.

And you can be assured Wormley was celebrating being selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the NFL Draft, as well.

Wormley, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle, was among a school-record 11 players picked during the three-day draft, which kicked off Thursday night before more than 70,000 fans looking on just outside the Philadelphia Art Museum.

“I think it’s special, having that many guys drafted is pretty cool and just shows how hard we’ve worked over the last four years as a group,” said Wormley picked No. 74 overall Friday, the second day of the draft. “It’s exciting for me to go from Harbaugh-to-Harbaugh.

“I’m excited to play and excited to be in an organization like the Ravens.”

Wormley — Michigan’s defensive lineman of the year his final two seasons — will be going from playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan to competing for John Harbaugh, Jim’s older brother, at Baltimore. And he hopes he can help John Harbaugh win another Super Bowl ring. The Ravens defeated Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

Michigan finished 10-3 (7-2 Big Ten), going 9-0 before losing three of its final four games, including a 33-32 loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

The Wolverines had a pair of first-round picks in linebacker Jabrill Peppers (No. 25, Cleveland) and defensive end Taco Charlton (No. 28, Dallas), then had four third-round picks Friday, starting with Wormley and followed by cornerback Jourdan Lewis (No. 92, Dallas), safety Delano Hill (No. 95, Seattle) and receiver Amara Darboh (No. 106, Seattle) bringing the total to six, the most Michigan had in the opening three rounds since 1972.

Then, in Saturday’s final rounds, the Wolverines picked up five more with linebacker Ben Gedeon quickly getting taken in the fourth round by the Vikings (No. 120 overall), followed by defensive tackle Ryan Glasgow (Cincinnati, No. 138) and receiver Jehu Chesson (Kansas City, No. 139) also going in the fourth.

Jake Butt, who was the John Mackey award winner as the nation’s top tight end and a possible first-round pick before suffering a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl, wasn’t taken until the fifth round by Denver (No. 145 overall).

Butt lost millions due to the injury, making fans understand the reason Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey sat out his team’s bowl game. McCaffrey was taken by Carolina with the No. 8 overall pick.

According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Butt took out a $2 million loss-of-value insurance policy that paid him $10,000 tax-free per pick that went without him being selected since the middle of the third round. Butt’s fifth-round draft status gave him a payout of $543,000.

Butt was the 10th Michigan player drafted, matching the total of Wolverines taken in 1972 and again in ’74, but both of those years players were taken in the 10th round or later.

At the time, Butt gave Michigan as many draft picks as Alabama. It was the first time in draft history that two schools each had 10 taken by pick No. 150.

Cornerback Jeremy Clark gave the Wolverines a school-record 11 when he was taken by the Jets in the sixth round (No. 197 overall).

If there was a surprise of a Michigan player overlooked in the draft it was offensive lineman Erik Magnuson, a first-team All-Big Ten right tackle whom Lindy’s Sports Publication had as a third-round prospect and a fourth-round pick.

Magnuson was one of multiple Michigan players signing free-agent deals, inking a deal with San Francisco. Cornerback Channing Stribling signed a free-agent deal with Cleveland, running back De’veon Smith with Miami, linebacker Matt Godin with Houston, offensive lineman Kyle Kalis with Washington, safety Dymonte Thomas with Denver and punter Kenny Allen with the Ravens.