Dominating the drafts: Michigan did something in the four major sports no other school has done in two decades
Michigan has made history in a really impressive way. It involves the drafts for all the four major sports in the United States.
According to Greg Harvey of 5th Quarter Stats, Michigan produced a first- or second-round selection in each of the major sports leagues — NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. That hasn’t been accomplished by any school since Notre Dame in 2002.
The Michigan Wolverines are the only school to have a 1st or 2nd round draft pick in each of this year's NBA, NFL, NHL, & MLB drafts!
This is the first time this has occurred since Notre Dame accomplished this feat in 2002! pic.twitter.com/ZjnQGKHTak
— Greg Harvey (@BetweenTheNums) July 31, 2021
Not a bad year to be a Wolverine. That’s a pretty impressive accomplishment, especially in a year that had so many twists and turns like the 2020-21 athletic year because of the pandemic.
Here’s a look at all the first- and second-round selections Michigan produced in the four drafts:
Round 1: Kwity Paye, Indianapolis Colts (No. 21 overall)
Round 1: Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic (No. 8 overall)
Round 2: Isaiah Livers, Detroit Pistons (No. 42 overall)
Round 1: Owen Power, Buffalo Sabres (No. 1 overall)
Round 1: Matt Beniers, Seattle Kraken (No. 2 overall)
Round 1: Kent Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets (No. 5 overall)
Round 2: Steve Hajjar, Minnesota Twins (No. 61 overall)