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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.