The Michigan Wolverines are poised to send a class of perhaps double-digitplayers to the 2017 NFL Draft, a group thatincludes possible first-round picks in Taco Charlton, Jabrill Peppers and Chris Wormley. Coach Jim Harbaugh is building an NFL factory in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines' large class comes one year after rival Ohio State sent 12 players and five first-round picks to the NFL Draft.That got us thinking:Who are Michigan's greatest NFL Draft picks?
Given five of the top seven players on the list are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the others looklike sure-fire inductees in the future, this list is loaded.
Keep in mind Pro Football Hall of Famers Benny Friedman and Bill Hewitt aren't on the list because they played before the NFL Draft started.
We picked the top 17 to go with the 2017 NFL Draft, a standard for Charlton, Peppers, Wormley and others to follow. Here's a closer look.
1. Tom Brady, QB (Round 6, No. 199, 2000)
Chances are you've heard this story by now. Brady enjoyed a solid career at Michigan, wherehe finished 20-5 as a starter and led the Wolverines to a victory in the 2000 Orange Bowl. Few, however, could havepredicted that the sixth-round pick would go on to be a five-time Super Bowl champion and the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
Given the fact he was taken at No. 199, thatmakes Brady an easy No. 1 on this list.
2. Charles Woodson, CB(Round 1, No. 4, 1998)
Woodson is the only football player to win the Heisman Trophy, a national championship, AP Defensive Player of the Year and a Super Bowl. He enjoyed a prolific career through two stints with the Raiders and a stop with the Packers. He finished fifth all timewith 65 interceptions.
That's a career that will land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he's eligible.
3. Tom Mack, G (Round 1, No. 2, 1966)
Mack was selected with the No. 2 pick by the Rams, and never missed a game over a brilliant, 184-game career. The guard made 11 Pro Bowls in 13 seasons and is the definition of a dependable offensive linemen. He set a high standard for other Michigan offensive linemen to follow.
4. Dan Dierdorf, T (Round 2, No. 43, 1971)
Dierdorf spent his entire 13-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, and that led to six Pro Bowl selections and five first-team All Pro selections. Dierdorf played through multiple injuries and enjoyed a stretch from 1974-78 during whichhe rarely gave up sacks. Dierdorf made the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is the color analyst for Michigan football.
5. Steve Hutchinson, G (Round 1, No. 17, 2001)
Few interior linemen were as dependable as Hutchinson, a member of the 1997 national championship team that made seven Pro Bowl appearances in 12 years with the Seahawks, Vikings and Titans. Hutchinson will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, and it's a spot he deserves.
6. Elroy Hirsch, WR (Round 1, No. 5, 1945)
"Crazy Legs"transferred to Michigan from Wisconsin, and he went on to be a Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver with the Chicago Rockets in the AAFC, and later with theLos Angeles Rams. In 1951, Hirsch caught 66 passes for 1,495 yards and 17 TDs. He averaged 18.2 yards per reception for his career.
7. Len Ford, DE (Round 2, No. 25, 1950 Dispersal Draft)
Ford was passed over in the 1948 NFL Draft and played two years as a receiver with the Los Angeles Dons in the AAFC before the Browns selected him in the 1950 Dispersal Draft. Ford enjoyed a Hall of Fame career as a defensive end Cleveland's dominant teams in the 1950s, which won championships in 1950, 1954 and 1955. Ford was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
8. Ty Law, CB (Round 1, No. 23, 1995)
Law enjoyed a career in which he was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. He finished with 53 career interceptions and seven TDs, with his signature coming on a pick six against Kurt Warner in Super Bowl XXXVI. Law's numbers appear good enough to get him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
9. Mike Kenn, T (Round 1, No. 13, 1978)
Kenn spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falconsand was a solid tackle through that 17-year run. Kenn made the Pro Bowl five times and was a three-time All-Pro selection. He played in all 16 games in 10 of those seasons.
10. Anthony Carter, WR (Round 12, No. 334, 1983)
Carter initially chose the fledgling USFL over the NFL, which explains how low he was drafted by the Miami Dolphins. Carter, however, joined the Vikings in 1985 and enjoyed a productive career during whichhe compiled 7,733 yards and 73 TDs in 11 years.
11. Al Wistert, T (Round 5, No. 32, 1943)
Wistert's place as a Michigan legend is secure along with his brothers Whitey and Alvin, and the tackle was a six-time All-Pro selection and a key player for the Eagles' NFL championship teams in 1949 and 1950. Wistert passed away in 2016. Philadelphia retired Wistert's jersey.
12. Dave Brown, CB (Round 1, No. 26, 1975)
Brown compiled 62 interceptions and five pick-sixes during a workman-like, 15-year career with the Steelers, Seahawks and Packers. Brown was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and is a member of Seattle's Ring of Honor. He died in 2006.
13. Jon Runyan, T (Round 4, No. 109, 1996)
Runyan played 207 games over a 14-year career, most of those coming with the Philadelphia Eagles. He started in 192 consecutive games at one point in his career;the most ever by a right tackle in NFL history.
14. Amani Toomer, WR, (Round 2, No. 34, 1996)
Toomer is the Giants' all-time leading receiver with 668 receptions for 9,497 yards and 54 TDs. Toomer put together five straight 1,000-yard seasons from 1999-2003 and was a member of the team that won Super Bowl XLII.
15. Jim Harbaugh, QB (Round 1, No. 26, 1987)
Harbaugh had an up-and-down 14-year career in the NFL, but it's best remembered for the run on which he took the Coltsin 1995 to the AFC championship game. Harbaugh finished with 129 TDs and 117 interceptions for his career. He returned to Michigan ashead coach in 2015.
16. Ron Kramer, TE (Round 1, No. 4, 1957)
Kramer is one of the greatest all-around athletes to play at Michigan, and that continued at the NFL level as an end and tight end for Green Bay and Detroit. Kramer was a key piece of Vince Lombardi's first two NFL championship teams with the Packers in 1961 and 1962. Krameraveraged 14.3 yards per catch for his career.
17. Thom Darden, S (Round 1, No. 18, 1972)
Darden played for the Cleveland Browns from 1972-81 and remainsthe team's all-time leader with 45 interceptions. He led the NFL with 10 interceptions and 200 return yards in 1978.
Desmond Howard, WR/KR (Round 1, No. 4, 1992)
The 1991 Heisman Trophy winnerfound his niche as a return man with the Green Bay Packers. Howard earned Super Bowl XXXI MVP honors for his performance in the return game, which featured a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and 244 total return yards. Howard finished his career with nine returns for TDs.
Dwight Hicks, S (Round 6, No. 150, 1978)
Brian Griese, QB (Round 3, No. 91, 1998)
Jake Long, T (Round 1, No. 1, 2008)
Jonathan Goodwin, T (Round 5, No. 154, 2002)
LaMarr Woodley, LB (Round 2, No. 46, 2007)
Elvis Grbac, QB (Round 8, No. 219, 1993)
Rick Volk, S (Round 2, No. 45, 1967)
Jeff Backus, T (Round 1, No. 18, 2001)
Jumbo Elliott, T (Round 2, No. 36, 1988)
Terry Barr, HB/DB (Round 3, No. 36, 1957)
John Anderson, LB (Round 1, No. 26, 1978)
Jim Mandich, TE (Round 2, No. 29, 1970)