The 2017 NFL Draft could be a big deal for the Michigan football program as 14 Wolverines have been invited to this year’s Combine.
The Wolverines underachieved under Hoke after bringing in highly-touted recruiting classes. The improvement under Harbaugh has given some validation to how those recruiting classes were ranked despite the early results. An now, with a large class moving on, a total of 14 players from Michigan have been invited to the 2017 NFL Combine as they look to make the jump to the NFL.
The 14 invites marks the highest total given to draft prospects from any school, and ties the all-time invite record set by Ohio State last year.
Former Wolverines receiving 2017 NFL Combine invites are as follows:
Jake Butt obviously won’t be able to do any of the on-field drills after suffering a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl, but the off-field components at the Combine are also important. Key off-field aspects include medical checks and interviews with teams.
The list of Wolverines exceeds the number of invites that went out to other in-state college football players combined.
Former Michigan State Spartans Riley Bullough, Malik McDowell and Montae Nicholson also received NFL Combine invites, as did Corey Davis and Taylor Moton from Western Michigan, Cooper Rush from Central Michigan and Nate Theaker from Wayne State.
The 2017 NFL Combine is set for February 28 – March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.