10 UM players taken in NFL Draft, but not QB Shea Patterson
It was a busy third and final day of the NFL Draft for former Michigan players.
There were 10 Wolverines taken in the seven-round draft that concluded Saturday night, but quarterback Shea Patterson, cornerback Lavert Hill and tight end Sean McKeon were not selected. McKeon signed as a free agent with Dallas and Hill with Kansas City.
Ben Bredeson, who made 46 starts at left guard, led things off Saturday as the first player taken in Round 4 and will play for John Harbaugh at the Baltimore Ravens after playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan
Bredeson, a two-time captain, was selected by the Ravens with the 37th pick in the fourth round, 143rd overall. Michigan linebacker Khaleke Hudson was then taken in Round 5 by Washington with the 17th pick (162nd overall), and not long after, defensive end Mike Danna, who was not invited to the NFL Combine, was taken by Kansas City with the 32nd pick (177th overall).
Right guard Michael Onwenu was selected early in the sixth round by New England with the third pick (182nd overall), the first of five former Wolverines taken in that round. Five picks later, receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, a Detroit native who turned heads at the NFL Combine with impressive numbers in the vertical and broad jump, was selected No. 187 overall by the Cleveland Browns. Left tackle Jon Runyan was then taken with pick No. 192 by Green Bay. Safety Josh Metellus went to the Vikings with the 205th pick, and linebacker Jordan Glasgow was picked by the Colts at No. 213.
Glasgow is the third in his family to arrive at Michigan as a walk-on and then get selected in the NFL Draft. Oldest brother Graham Glasgow, an offensive lineman, was taken with pick No. 95 by the Lions in 2016 Ryan Glasgow, a defensive lineman was taken No. 138 by the Bengals in 2017.
Michigan center Cesar Ruiz was a first-round selection Thursday night when New Orleans took him with the 24th pick. All four Michigan offensive lineman, who had worked with position coach Ed Warinner the last two seasons, were drafted. Linebacker Josh Uche was selected Friday night in the second round by New England with the 28th pick, 60th overall. Michigan did not have a player taken in the third round.
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper had called Bredeson the best “pure guard” in the draft and thought the Ravens, which needed an interior lineman, could be a landing spot for him.
At the NFL Combine, Hudson said because he played the viper position in Don Brown's defense, a hybrid linebacker/safety, he offers versatility at the next level.
"I’ll play anywhere from in the box or if a team wants me to play safety, I’ll go back there and do what I do," Hudson said at the Combine. “I believe my strengths are being versatile, just being able to do multiple things, being able to blitz in multiple different gaps, being able to play multiple zone coverages, man coverage, just have a presence on the field at different positions."
Hudson blocked a school-record five punts and knows his special teams acumen helps at the professional level.
"I feel like special teams is probably the most important team in the football game," Hudson said. “Teams really liked that (his play on special teams). That’s mainly what a lot of teams talking about, my punt block abilities. It’s a good thing I played multiple special teams in college."
Danna played his final season at Michigan after three with Central Michigan. During his CMU career, he had 151 tackles, 27.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. Last year at Michigan, Danna had 38 tackles and three sacks. He played in the East-West Shrine postseason scouting bowl but was not invited to the NFL Combine.
Analysts had mixed reviews of the 6-foot-2, 208-pound Peoples-Jones heading into the draft in large part because of his final season. He missed the first few games last season with injury and finished third on the team in receiving with 438 yards and six touchdowns.
Peoples-Jones, who left Michigan with a year of eligibility remaining, was often described by teammates as "a freak" athlete. He had the highest vertical jump among the receivers at 44.5 inches, which tied for third best at the combine since 2006. He also had the longest broad jump at 11 feet, 7 inches, tied for sixth best since 2006. Peoples-Jones said both were personal records.
He told Browns reporters it was an unfair criticism to say he "underachieved" during his Michigan career.
"I did what I could when I had the opportunity," Peoples-Jones said. "It honestly does not matter now. I am looking at how to get better. I am looking to do everything I can for the Browns offense and the team in general.”
Peoples-Jones was asked if he worries about any anti-Michigan bias in Cleveland, because of Ohio State.
"No, not at all," he said.