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2021 Michigan Football Preview

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Former Wolverines In The NFL Years In Name Pos. Pro Football Current Team Ben Braden OG 4 Green Bay Packers Appeared in four contests off the bench for the 13-3 Packers … Took part in both of Green Bay's postseason games on special teams. Tom Brady QB 21 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Finished the year with a 65.7 completion percentage, 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 picks for the 11-5 Buccaneers … Tied for second in the NFL in scoring tosses and third in passing yards … In four postseason contests, connected on 58.7 percent of his throws for 1,061 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions while leading his club to a Super Bowl win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Ben Bredeson OG 1 Baltimore Ravens Competed in 10 games off the bench for the 11-5 Ravens, seeing time on offense and special teams … Did not partake in either of Baltimore's two playoff contests after being put on the injured reserve Jan. 9 with a knee ailment. Devin Bush Jr. LB 2 Pittsburgh Steelers Tore his ACL in a 38-7 victory over Cleveland Oct. 18 and missed the rest of the 12-4 Steelers' campaign … Prior to the injury, he had started five games and accumulated 26 tackles, one sack and three passes defended … His 26 tackles were the second most on the team at the time of his injury. Jake Butt TE 4 Free Agent Placed on the injured reserve list with a hamstring issue Nov. 3 and missed the rest of 5-11 Denver's season … Started one of the five contests he played in and notched two receptions for five yards, but his contract expired following the season. Taco Charlton DE 4 Kansas City Chiefs Put on the injured reserve list Nov. 20 with a lower-leg fracture and missed the rest of the 14-2 Chiefs' campaign, including each of their three playoff games … Prior to the injury, he saw time in seven contests (no starts) and logged seven tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Camaron Cheeseman LS R Washington FT Chosen in the sixth round of the NFL Draft after serving as Michigan's primary long snapper from 2017-19 before opting out of the 2020 campaign. Frank Clark DE 6 Kansas City Chiefs Started 15 of the Chiefs' 16 games, and notched 29 tackles, six sacks, eight tackles for loss, two passes defended and a fumble recovery, which he returned 14 yards … Opened each of the Chiefs' three postseason contests and posted nine tackles, three sacks and five tackles for loss. Mason Cole C 3 Minnesota Vikings Started all 14 games he appeared in with the 8-8 Cardinals, missing two with a hamstring injury … Arizona traded him to Minnesota March 25 for a sixth- round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Nico Collins WR R Houston Texans Came off the board when the Texans took him in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft, marking the highest a U-M receiver had heard his name called since Devin Funchess went in the second round to the Carolina Panthers in 2015. Michael Danna DE 1 Kansas City Chiefs Received playing time in 13 games (one start), and recorded 25 tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks … Saw action in each of the Chiefs' three playoff contests as a backup and recorded four tackles. Amara Darboh WR 4 Free Agent Signed to the 5-11 Panthers' practice squad Dec. 11 after being released from the Steelers' practice squad Oct. 26, but did not appear in a game with either team in 2020 … Released by Carolina March 15. Chris Evans RB R Cincinnati Bengals Selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, making him the first Wolverine running back to hear his name called in the annual event since Mike Hart in 2008. Devin Funchess WR 6 Green Bay Packers Opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after Green Bay signed him to a one-year deal on April 2, 2020. Rashan Gary LB 2 Green Bay Packers Started four of the 15 contests he participated in, registering 34 tackles, five tackles for loss, five sacks, one pass defended and one fumble recovery … Came off the bench in both of Green Bay's playoff games and tallied five tackles, 2.5 tackle for loss and 1.5 sacks. Ben Gedeon LB 4 Free Agent Released by the 7-9 Vikings Nov. 10 following a second failed physical with the club in 2020 … He did not appear in a game last year. Zach Gentry TE 2 Pittsburgh Steelers Placed on injured reserve Nov. 23 with a left knee sprain and missed the rest of Pitts- burgh's season … Prior to the injury, he started one of the two contests he competed in but didn't total any statistics. Graham Glasgow OL 5 Denver Broncos Started all 13 game he took part in, sitting out two while on the COVID-19 list and one with a foot injury. Jordan Glasgow LB 1 Indianapolis Colts Saw the field on special teams in 13 of 11-5 Indianapolis' 16 games and accumulated nine tackles and a blocked punt … Played 21 special teams snaps in the Colts' postsea- son loss to Buffalo, but didn't compile any stats. Frank Clark started each of the Chiefs' three post- season outings on their way to the Super Bowl and tallied three sacks among five tackles for loss. PHOTO COURTESY KANSAS CITY CHIEFS PRO UPDATE PRO UPDATE BY AUSTIN FOX THE WOLVERINE 2021 FOOTBALL PREVIEW ■ 145 continues on next page

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