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May 1, 2013

By The Numbers: Michigan draft picks declining

Michigan has an NFL Draft problem, which boils down to a talent problem. Over the past four drafts, only 10 Wolverines have been selected, including a lone first-round choice (Brandon Graham, 2010).

During the past 20 years of draft-eligible classes (1989-2008), Michigan has seen 81 of its former players picked, or 19.9 of its 407 signees over that span. U-M has averaged 4.1 selections per year so this weekend's two choices - Denard Robinson in Round 5 and Will Campbell in Round 6 - represents a significant decline.

But while two picks is uncommon, it has happened before during the past two decades, with both the 1990 and 1989 recruiting class. In essence, there have been lean years before: 1989-91 (seven total picks) and 2000-02 (10 total). U-M would rebound from that stagnation with 13 selections from 1992-94 and 13 from 2003-05.

Class
Signees
Draft Picks
Pct. of Class
1st Rd.
2nd Rd.
3rd Rd.
2008
24
2
8.3
0
0
1
2007
20
4
20.0
0
0
1
2006
19
4
21.1
1
1
0
2005
23
3
13.0
0
0
1
2004
22
5
22.7
0
2
0
2003
17
5
29.4
2
1
1
2002
16
4
25.0
0
1
0
2001
19
3
15.8
2
0
0
2000
17
3
17.6
1
1
0
1999
23
5
21.7
0
0
2
1998
21
9
42.9
1
2
2
1997
20
3
15.0
0
2
1
1996
19
4
21.1
2
1
0
1995
20
7
35.0
1
0
0
1994
22
5
22.7
0
1
1
1993
23
4
17.4
2
0
0
1992
25
4
16.0
0
1
1
1991
17
3
17.6
2
0
0
1990
21
2
9.5
0
1
0
1989
19
2
10.5
1
1
0
20-Year Totals
407
81
19.9
15
15
11



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