2024 NFL Draft Results: Michigan

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28Apr 2024
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2024 NFL Draft Results: Michigan

Mike Sainristil

Here are the results of the 2024 NFL Draft for Michigan players:

2024
1st round: J.J. McCarthy – QB – Minnesota Vikings (#10 overall)
2nd round: Kris Jenkins, Jr. – DT – Cincinnati Bengals (#49)
2nd round: Mike Sainristil – CB – Washington Commanders (#50)
3rd round: Junior Colson – LB – Los Angeles Chargers (#69)
3rd round: Blake Corum – RB – Los Angeles Rams (#83)
3rd round: Roman Wilson – WR – Pittsburgh Steelers (#84)
3rd round: Zak Zinter – OG – Cleveland Browns (#85)
4th round: A.J. Barner – TE – Seattle Seahawks (#121)
5th round: Trevor Keegan – OG – Philadelphia Eagles (#172)
7th round: Michael Barrett – LB – Carolina Panthers (#240)
7th round: La’Darius Henderson – OG – Houston Texans (#249)
7th round: Jaylen Harrell – DE – Tennessee Titans (#252)
7th round: Cornelius Johnson – WR – Los Angeles Chargers (#253)

Jenkins joins a Michigan-heavy defense with the Bengals, who spent a first round pick on S Daxton Hill a couple years ago and a second round pick on CB D.J. Turner II in 2023.

The Chargers are coached by former Michigan head man Jim Harbaugh, who drafted Colson and Johnson, both of whom play positions of need for the team. The Seahawks are led by Mike Macdonald, whose lone pick from Michigan (A.J. Barner at #121 overall) didn’t overlap with Macdonald’s one season at defensive coordinator in 2021. Barner transferred from Indiana for the 2023 season. However, former Michigan assistant coach Jay Harbaugh is on Seattle’s staff.

The following players signed undrafted free agent contracts with NFL teams:

Karsen Barnhart – OG – Los Angeles Chargers
Trente Jones – OT – Green Bay Packers
Braiden McGregor – DE – New York Jets
Drake Nugent – C – San Francisco 49ers
James Turner – K – Detroit Lions
Josh Wallace – CB – Los Angeles Rams

McGregor is the biggest draft snub of these players, in my opinion. At 6’5″ and 257 pounds, I thought he showed adequate enough production and athleticism to get taken somewhere prior to the end of the draft. He was injured as a senior in high school and took a few years just to get back on track. I always thought he should have stayed in college one more year to continue ascending since 2023 was his first year as a starter; perhaps with that previous injury, he thought this might be the best time to try to make a jump for the NFL rather than risking another year in college.

Additionally, three former Wolverine signees were taken in the draft:

1st round: Xavier Worthy – WR – Kansas City Chiefs (#28)
4th round: Erick All – TE – Cincinnati Bengals (#115)
6th round: Joe Milton – QB – New England Patriots (#193)

Worthy signed with Michigan but was unable to enroll, so he transferred to Texas. All played at Michigan for three seasons (2020-2022) before transferring to Iowa in 2023. Milton spent three years in Ann Arbor (2018-2020) and then spent the next three seasons (2021-2023) at Tennessee.

5Mar 2024
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2024 NFL Combine Results: Michigan

Cornelius Johnson (image via WolverinesWire)

Here’s a summary of how Michigan players measured in and performed at the Combine last week:

TE A.J. Barner
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 251
Arm: 33 3/8″
Hand: 9″

OL Karsen Barnhart
Height: 6’4.5″
Weight: 306
Arm: 33 3/8″
Hand: 9 7/8″
40: 5.21
Vertical: 29.5″
5-10-5: 4.7
3-cone: 7.83
Broad jump: 9’3″

LB Mike Barrett
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 233
Arm: 32 1/8″
Hand: 8 1/2″

LB Junior Colson
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 238
Arm: 32 1/2″
Hand: 9 3/8″

RB Blake Corum
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 205
Arm: 28 7/8″
Hand: 9″
40: 4.53
Vertical: 35.5″
5-10-5: 4.12
Bench: 27
3-cone: 6.82

EDGE Jaylen Harrell
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 250
Arm: 33 1/4″
Hand: 9 3/4″
Vertical: 37″
Broad jump: 9’7″

OL La’Darius Henderson
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 309
Arm: 35″
Hand: 10 5/8″
Bench: 20

DL Kris Jenkins
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 299
Arm: 34″
Hand: 9 3/8″
40: 4.91
Vertical: 30″
5-10-5: 4.78
Bench: 29
Broad jump: 9’7″

WR Cornelius Johnson
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 212
Arm: 31 7/8″
Hand: 8 5/8″
40: 4.44
Vertical: 37.5″
Broad jump: 10’7″

OL Trente Jones
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 305
Arm: 33″
Hand: 10 1/8″
40: 5.17
Vertical: 27″
5-10-5: 4.87
3-cone: 7.78
Broad jump: 9’1″

OG Trevor Keegan
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 310
Arm: 32 3/8″
Hand: 10″
40: 5.24
Vertical: 30.5″
Broad jump: 8’11”

QB J.J. McCarthy
Height: 6’2.5″
Weight: 219
Hand: 9″
Arm: 31 5/8″
3-cone drill: 6.82
5-10-5: 4.23

EDGE Braiden McGregor
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 257
Arm: 33 1/8″
Hand: 10″

C Drake Nugent
Height: 6’1.5″
Weight: 298
Arm: 33″
Hand: 9″
40: 5.23
Vertical: 29.5″
5-10-5: 4.5
Bench: 25
3-cone: 7.33
Broad jump: 8.5″

CB Mike Sainristil
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 182
Arm: 30 7/8″
Hand: 8 1/2″
40: 4.47
Vertical: 40″
5-10-5: 4.01
Bench: 14
3-cone: 6.99
Broad jump: 10’11”

CB Josh Wallace
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185
Arm: 31 3/8″
Hand: 8 7/8″
Vertical: 34.5″
5-10-5: 4.35
Bench: 13
Broad jump: 10′

WR Roman Wilson
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185
Arm: 30 3/8″
Hand: 9 3/8″
40: 4.39
Bench: 12

OG Zak Zinter
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 309
Arm: 33 1/2″
Hand: 9 3/8″

26Feb 2024
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18 Michigan Players Participating in 2024 NFL Combine

Zak Zinter

The following 18 Michigan football players are participating in the 2024 NFL Combine. That’s a record number of players invited to the Combine for any school. They are:

  1. QB J.J. McCarthy
  2. RB Blake Corum
  3. WR Cornelius Johnson
  4. WR Roman Wilson
  5. TE A.J. Barner
  6. OL Karsen Barnhart
  7. OL La’Darius Henderson
  8. OL Trente Jones
  9. OL Trevor Keegan
  10. OL Drake Nugent
  11. OL Zak Zinter
  12. EDGE Jaylen Harrell
  13. EDGE Braiden McGregor
  14. DT Kris Jenkins, Jr.
  15. LB Michael Barrett
  16. LB Junior Colson
  17. CB Mike Sainristil
  18. CB Josh Wallace

Over 300 players were invited to the Combine, and last year 259 players were drafted. So mathematically, not every player invited will end up being selected. But if everyone gets drafted, that would set a record for the most players drafted from a school in one year. The current record is 15, which was set by Georgia.

Former Michigan players TE Erick All (Iowa), QB Joe Milton (Tennessee), and EDGE Eyabi Okie-Anoma (Charlotte) will also be at the Combine, as will former Michigan signee WR Xavier Worthy (Texas).

6Sep 2023
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Michigan vs. East Carolina Awards

J.J. McCarthy (image via NBC Sports)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Trente Jones. I really like the way Trente Jones plays football. On Saturday he was used mostly as an extra lineman or a tight end, reprising his primary role from 2021. But he just bullies people in the run game and does a great job with his body positioning. I think his pass protection might be a little questionable at tackle, but I think he deserves to be on the field more.

Let’s see less of this guy on offense . . . Myles Hinton. Hinton earned the start in game one even though Jim Harbaugh suggested that he would start a different set of tackles in week two, presumably La’Darius Henderson at left tackle and Jones on the right side. Hinton is a mammoth at 6’6″ and 340 lbs., but he appeared to make several mental mistakes on Saturday, especially in the run game. He said in the post-game that he did not play well. I do still think he can be a good player, but perhaps he needs a little more time to adjust to Michigan’s scheme.

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8Aug 2023
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2023 Season Countdown: #34 Trente Jones

Trente Jones (image via MLive)

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Name: Trente Jones
Height: 
6’4″
Weight: 
325 lbs.
High school
Loganville (GA) Grayson
Position: 
Offensive tackle
Class: 
Redshirt senior
Jersey number: 
#53
Last year: 
I ranked Jones #19 and said he would be a starting offensive tackle (LINK). He started six games at right tackle.
TTB Rating:
 88

Jones stuck it out for three years, playing mostly as a sixth offensive lineman, and finally earned a starting job in year four! And then . . . he got hurt, and Karsen Barnhart took his job. Even when Jones returned later in the season, the coaches thought Barnhart was still ahead of Jones. So he continued to play as a sub and in certain packages. Jones did a good job of moving people at times, but he also had some tactical errors.

We keep hearing about him that he’s an amazing athlete for his size, but Barnhart seems to be the steadier player. I’ve been waffling back and forth on which one I think will start in 2023. My heart tells me Jones, but my head tells me Barnhart. And the dark horse is Stanford transfer Myles Hinton. Michigan has a ton of good options, which is great for the team and terrible for amateur prognosticators like myself. One silver lining is that Jones or Barnhart could use the 2020 COVID exemption to return in 2024 if the winner of the job moves on after this season. It will be very interesting to see how it all plays out on the field this fall.

Prediction: Backup offensive tackle