Michigan Football Preview 2017

2017 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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160 ■ THE WOLVERINE 2017 FOOTBALL PREVIEW BY RYAN TICE Former Wolverines In The NFL Name Pos. Years In NFL Current Team Richard Ash^ DT 2 Dallas Cowboys Started the year on the Jaguars practice squad before appearing in one game. He was then signed back to the practice squad before moving to the Cowboys' active roster and playing in one contest with them. He finished the year with six stops. Brennen Beyer LB 2 Baltimore Ravens Was signed off the practice squad for the regular-season finale and notched a trio of stops as a reserve. Tom Brady QB 17 New England Patriots After serving his four-game Deflategate suspension, Brady came back and enjoyed arguably his finest season ever. He threw for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns with just two interceptions for a passer rating of 112.2 in the regular season, then led the Pats to their fifth Super Bowl title with him under center. Alan Branch DT 10 New England Patriots Started all 16 games for the first time since 2012 and posted a career-high 49 tackles. Also forced a fumble, broke up three passes and notched 1.5 sacks in the regular sea- son, while adding 14 tackles and 0.5 sacks in the postseason en route to his second Super Bowl ring. Jake Butt TE R Denver Broncos The fifth-round pick was drafted 145th overall. Taco Charlton DE R Dallas Cowboys Selected 28th in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, combining with Jabrill Peppers to give the Wolverines multiple first-round picks for the first time since 2005. Jehu Chesson WR R Kansas City Chiefs Selected in the fourth round, 139th overall. Frank Clark DE 2 Seattle Seahawks Started five times and played in 15 games for the Seahawks, notching a career-high 47 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. Also had a sack and forced fumble in the playoffs. Jeremy Clark CB R New York Jets Despite tearing his ACL during the 2016 season, he was selected in the sixth round, 197th overall. Blake Countess^ DB 1 Los Angeles Rams Played in five games and started twice while totaling 20 tackles with one sack. Amara Darboh WR R Seattle Seahawks Drafted in the third round, 106th overall. Devin Funchess WR 2 Carolina Panthers Played in 15 games with seven starts while hauling in 23 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns. Ben Gedeon LB R Minnesota Vikings The fourth-round pick was drafted 120th overall. Graham Glasgow C/OG 1 Detroit Lions The third-round pick played in 15 games and started 11 times as a rookie. He opened a pair of games at center. Ryan Glasgow DT R Cincinnati Bengals Drafted 138th overall in the fourth round. Brandon Graham DE 7 Philadelphia Eagles Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and responded with a career-high 59 tackles, including 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Named a second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and a first-team selection by Pro Football Focus. Leon Hall CB 10 Free Agent Appeared in 12 games with two starts for the Giants. He finished with 31 tackles, two sacks, an interception, one forced fumble and two pass deflections. In one playoff contest, he added six stops and one pass broken up. David Harris LB 10 Free Agent Started all 15 of his appearances last year, racking up 95 tackles, 0.5 sacks and two passes broken up, but the Jets released him in early June. Chad Henne QB 9 Jacksonville Jaguars The veteran appeared in one game last year and registered a single rushing attempt that went for minus-two yards. Willie Henry DT 1 Baltimore Ravens The fourth-round pick did not appear in a game during his rookie campaign. Delano Hill S R Seattle Seahawks Picked in the third round, 95th overall. Joe Kerridge FB 1 Green Bay Packers The undrafted rookie played in eight games and rushed once for no gain. Taylor Lewan OT 3 Tennessee Titans Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and emerged as one of the NFL's top young tackles on his way to a Pro Bowl berth. Jourdan Lewis CB R Dallas Cowboys Selected in the third round, 92nd overall. Ryan Mallett^ QB 6 Baltimore Ravens Played in four games as a reserve, and completed 3 of 6 passes for 26 yards with an interception. Patrick Omameh OL 4 Jacksonville Jaguars Played in 10 games and started seven times before a leg injury ended his campaign early. Jabrill Peppers S R Cleveland Browns Selected 25th overall in the first round of the NFL Draft. Thomas Rawls^ RB 2 Seattle Seahawks Started seven times and appeared in nine games while rushing 109 times for 349 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 13 passes for 96 yards. In two postseason contests, he exploded for 195 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries (5.1-yard average). Denard Robinson RB 4 Jacksonville Jaguars Played in 13 contests with one start and rushed for 144 yards. He also hauled in three passes for 22 yards. Jake Rudock QB 1 Detroit Lions Started the year on the practice squad but was eventually signed to the active roster, although he never appeared in a game. Jake Ryan LB 2 Green Bay Packers Started in 10 of his 14 appearances and logged 82 stops, including 57 solo takedowns, with three passes broken up. Added 20 tackles and three passes broken up in three playoff contests. Michael Schofield OL 3 Denver Broncos Started all 16 games for the first time in his professional career. Has now opened 32 straight games, including the team's victorious Super Bowl run two seasons ago. PRO UPDATE Between the regular season and playoffs, Patriots defensive tackle Alan Branch started all 19 games and racked up 63 tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble. PHOTO COURTESY NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS/DAVID SILVERMAN

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