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Michigan had a 2017 draft pick in damn near every professional league

The Wolverines sent players to six different leagues in their most recent drafts.

NCAA Football: Michigan Spring Game Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan folks can be, uhh, a bit full of themselves sometimes. But credit where it is due, because when you do something this cool it’s certainly worth bragging about.

Michigan swept the big four professional sports with players selected in each 2017 draft, but it bested even that achievement by adding two other sports.

UM has a men’s soccer team as well as a lacrosse team, and had players drafted in both the MLL and MLS drafts. In total, 26 Michigan athletes have been selected in drafts this spring. The only major professional sports drafts the Wolverines got shut out are the WNBA and the NWSL drafts.

Michigan draftees

Player League Team Pick number
Player League Team Pick number
Jabrill Peppers NFL Browns 25
Taco Charlton NFL Cowboys 28
Chris Wormley NFL Ravens 74
Jourdan Lewis NFL Cowboys 92
Delando Hill NFL Seahawks 95
Amara Darboh NFL Seahawks 106
Ben Gedeon NFL Vikings 120
Ryan Glasgow NFL Bengals 138
Jehu Chesson NFL Chiefs 139
Jake Butt NFL Broncos 145
Jeremy Clark NFL Jets 197
D.J. Wilson NBA Bucks 17
Oliver Jaskie MLB Mariners 183
Drew Lugbauer MLB Braves 320
Ryan Nutof MLB Reds 320
Harison Wenson MLB Angels 715
Bryan Pall MLB Mariners 753
Jake Bivens MLB Tigers 815
Johnny Slater MLB Mariners 843
Michael Hendrickson MLB Indians 852
Grant Reuss MLB Tigers 875
Mac Lozer MLB Mets 997
Michael Brdar MLB Cardinals 1,084
Luke Martin NHL Hurricanes 52
Lars Eckenrode MLS Toronto FC 17
Mike Schlosser MLL Outlaws 54

In the NFL draft, Michigan led all college teams in draft picks, sending 11 to the league. The credit for those picks, however, lands in an interesting place.

For one thing, it’s a nice feather in Brady Hoke’s cap. Virtually all of these recruits, including the former five-star Peppers, were the former Michigan coach’s. Hoke was fired two years ago after a disappointing run, and nobody thinks it wasn’t a good idea to do that and replace him with Harbaugh. If you want to dock Hoke for last year’s two-draftee output, feel free, but you should also credit him for this year.

In baseball and hockey, a selection doesn’t mean a forfeiture of college eligibility, and players can return to school.

Getting a player in the big three sports isn’t terribly difficult for major programs. A bunch of schools made the achievement, even Villanova did that and its college football program isn’t even FBS.

But Michigan truly stands above here with a wide array of exceptional athletes across a ton of sports. Maybe the Leaders and Best thing isn’t so corny after all? (It definitely still is.)