Michigan OL: We should top Ohio State's 12 draftees from 2016
Ohio State had a historic draft in 2016. The Buckeyes had 12 players drafted, which was two short of the mark the Buckeyes set back in 2004.
That team was loaded with key contributors from Ohio State’s 2014 squad that won the first College Football Playoff National Championship.
But can Michigan top that mark in 2017? Wolverines offensive lineman Erik Magnuson believes that number can definitely be topped.
“I think we should. We have a deep senior class, and with Jabrill (Peppers) going out early, I think 10 could get done pretty easily, and we can probably beat out Ohio State,” Magnuson said to NFL.com at the East-West Shrine Game practices on Monday.
Magnuson’s prediction isn’t far off from what Jim Harbaugh said before the season. The Michigan coach felt that his team could have double-digit players drafted in 2017.
The Wolverines won’t have anywhere near the seven underclassmen selections that OSU did. Still, Michigan does have much more upperclassmen draft talent than Ohio State did a year ago.
Magnuson is one of several Michigan seniors who figure to hear their names called come April.
If he’s joined by 12 teammates, he’ll look pretty smart.