Michigan's Hassan Haskins (Titans), Andrew Stueber (Patriots) go in Day 3 of NFL Draft

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Hassan Haskins, the soft-spoken but fierce running back from Michigan who carried the offense late last season, is headed to the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans selected Haskins No. 131 overall in the fourth round on Saturday, the final day of the three-day NFL Draft. Haskins, 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, had 20 rushing touchdowns last season, a single-season Michigan record.

Interestingly, Haskins' position coach with the Titans is Tony Dews, former Michigan receivers coach (2008-10).

He was the first former Wolverine selected in Day 3 of the NFL Draft.  Haskins, 6-foot-2, 228 pounds, had 20 rushing touchdowns last season, a single-season Michigan record.

There were no Michigan players selected in the fifth and sixth rounds but right tackle Andrew Stueber was selected in the seventh round (No. 245) by the New England Patriots. The Patriots have selected Michigan players the last four drafts — (Cam McGrone in 2021, Josh Uche and Michael Onwenu in 2020, and Chase Winovich in 2019.

Stueber, who said Day 3 of the draft was "stressful" for him until he got the call from the Patriots, played at left and right guard during the Senior Bowl this season so NFL scouts could see his versatility.

"I think versatility is the name of the game at the next level," Stueber told Patriots reporters Saturday night. "If you’re able to play tackle or guard or even all three (center), your stock and how much the team values you definitely goes up.

"Going to Michigan and being able to play almost every position except center really helped me. When I get there I’m going to go in with an open mind and play as best I can as fast as I can at any position."

Michigan had two first-round draft selections, as edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson was the No. 2 overall pick by the Lions, and versatile safety Dax Hill was selected No. 31 by the Cincinnati Bengals. David Ojabo, who had been projected a top-15 pick before suffering a torn Achilles last month during Michigan’s Pro Day, was selected in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens where he will reunite with defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald, the Wolverines’ coordinator last season.

Haskins and Stueber were the only Michigan players selected during the final day of the NFL Draft. Linebacker Josh Ross signed as an undrafted free agent with the Ravens, safety Brad Hawkins signed with the Falcons, defensive tackle Christopher Hinton signed with the Giants, and defensive lineman Donovan Jeter signed with the Steelers. Defensive back Vincent Gray and receiver Daylen Baldwin went undrafted and were awaiting free-agent opportunities.

Haskins, a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2021, was relied on late in the regular season after fellow running back Blake Corum healed from an ankle injury. In the Wolverines' win over Ohio State, Haskins had five rushing touchdowns.

He led the team with 270 carries for 1,327 yards and added 18 receptions for 131 yards.

As far as his main attribute as a runner, Haskins has said it’s all about his power. He was vital for Michigan on third down because of his bulldozer running approach.

“I'm a powerful back, but I got everything in the tool bag,” Haskins told Titans reporters on Saturday, adding he’s also a strong special teams player. “I run angry."

Haskins suffered an ankle injury in the Orange Bowl and was limited in his pre-draft work.

“He’s a strong runner, downhill,” Michigan running backs coach Mike Hart said of Haskins last season. “He does a great job and that translates into pass protection.”


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