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Long odds: UM's Glasgow hopes to join brother on Lions

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News
Ryan Glasgow

Mobile, Ala. – The Detroit Lions drafted two Michigan Wolverines last season, taking offensive lineman Graham Glasgow in the third round and quarterback Jake Rudock in the sixth.

And with general manager Bob Quinn showing an affinity for Senior Bowl participants his first year with the franchise, it’s not improbable he adds another from school in 2017. There are seven Wolverines at the event, after all.

Ryan Glasgow, Graham’s younger brother, is one of those seven. And while he knows the odds are long – literally between three and four percent according to his calculations based on the NFL’s 32 teams – he’d love to join his brother wearing a blue jersey a few shades lighter than the one he donned in Ann Arbor the past four years.

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“It would be really awesome,” Glasgow said. “I’d really like it. Obviously I’m open to anything, whoever wants me. It would be cool. My mom is convinced I’m going there, but I’m not so sure.”

You certainly can’t rule it out, The Lions are definitely in need of defensive tackle depth with Tyrunn Walker, Stefan Charles and Khyri Thorton all set to be free agents. Glasgow had a meeting with the Lions scheduled for Tuesday evening.

The young interior lineman came to the Senior Bowl widely viewed as a middle-round prospect. A key cog on Michigan’s dominant defense, he made major strides as a senior, racking up 39 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

He’s confident he can play in any scheme and is using this week to show three things to the numerous NFL talent evaluators in attendance.

“I want to prove that I’m explosive, that I’m an athlete and that I can rush the passer efficiently,” Glasgow said.

He’s certainly not lacking for comfort down south with so many former teammates here. He’s rooming with Chris Wormley, going head-to-head with offensive lineman Kyle Kalis in practice while chasing down running back De'Veon Smith.

Glasgow couldn’t help but be amused at the absurdity of it.

“I don’t know how many times in my career I’ve gone against Kyle,” Glasgow said. “I thought I was done with him for good. Then he comes here. We’re going to have some good battles.”

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But don’t confuse that comfort with complacency. Graham played in the Senior Bowl last year and gave some simple advice to his younger brother.

“(Graham) just said don’t take anything for granted and play hard,” Glasgow said. “Stuff like that. You can’t come in here and expect to blow everyone out. These are the best players in college football. Take it seriously and do your best.”

Glasgow actually has one more goal this year. Not surprising, given the typical competitiveness between siblings, he wants to be drafted higher than Graham was last season, No. 95 overall.

“I’m trying to earn it and burn it out here,” he said.

jdrogers@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @justin_rogers