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May 6, 2014

History of Michigan five-stars in the NFL Draft

From the 2001-08 classes, Michigan signed 13 five-star prospects, and nine were selected in the NFL Draft. Among U-M's 82 four-stars, 15 were chosen while six three-stars have been picked.

The Wolverines produced five first-round picks out of the 2001-08 classes, five second-rounders and four third-round choices, with 8.4 percent of the 165 recruits signed from those eight classes hearing their names called during the NFL Draft.

Here is a look at the draft selection and NFL careers of Michigan's 13 five-stars from those classes.

RB Kelly Baraka - 2001: Kicked out of school at Michigan and abandoned football before the 2005 or 2006 drafts.

CB Marlin Jackson - 2001: Following a successful career at U-M, earning All-American first-team honors twice, Jackson was a 2005 first-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts. Jackson spent five injury-plagued seasons in the NFL, starting all 16 games in 2007 during his best year.

Tim Massaquoi - 2001: Massaquoi transitioned from receiver to tight end in college, and caught 46 balls in four seasons. He was a seventh-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played two years in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

DB Ernest Shazor - 2001: The 2004 first-team All-American went pro a year early and was undrafted. He eventually signed with the Arizona Cardinals and played in two games before being cut.

DT Gabe Watson - 2002: A two-year starter and two-time all-conference first-team performer, Watson was a Cardinals' fourth-round selection and spent five years in the NFL, starting 21 games among his 62 appearances. He started all 16 contests in 2007 in his only year a full-time starter.

LB Prescott Burgess - 2003: Had his best year as a senior, recording six TFLs and two interceptions, earning the attention of the Baltimore Raves, which took him in Round 6 of the 2007 NFL Draft. Played five seasons in the NFL, tallying 38 tackles mostly on special teams.

DE LaMarr Woodley - 2003: Named the nation's top defensive lineman in 2006, Woodley was a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2007 and has played seven seasons, starting at least 10 games in each of the last six seasons. Woodley enjoyed a Pro Bowl year in 2009 and won a Super Bowl with the Steelers before signing a new deal with the Oakland Raiders for 2014.

QB Chad Henne - 2004: A four-year starter that set almost every career passing record at Michigan, Henne was a second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins. He started for them in 2009 and 2010, and started 19 of 25 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2012-13. He has completed 59.5 percent of his passes in his career for 12,439 yards, and is currently a free agent.

RB Kevin Grady - 2005: The Grand Rapids native had a tumultuous five-year run at Michigan, rushing for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns, most coming his freshman year as a fill-in starter for Mike Hart. He was not drafted.

OL Steve Schilling - 2006: A two-year starter at tackle and a two-year starter at guard at Michigan, Schilling was a 2011 sixth-round pick of the San Diego Chargers and started two games in three seasons with the Chargers before signing a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks for 2014.

DE Brandon Graham - 2006: Second all time in career sacks at Michigan with 29.5, Graham was a first-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. Graham has started 12 games in four seasons with the Eagles (he missed most of 2011 with an injury) and has 11.5 sacks among 74 tackles entering his fifth year.

QB Ryan Mallett - 2007: After transferring to Arkansas after his rookie year at U-M, Mallett enjoyed a prolific career and was a New England Patriots' third-round choice in 2011. He has appeared in four games in three seasons as Tom Brady's backup.

DB Donovan Warren - 2007: A three-year starter at Michigan, limited in effectiveness by injuries, Warren left school after his junior year and went undrafted. He never made an active roster in the NFL.

Stars
Total (2001-08 Classes)
Rd. 1 Picks
Rd. 2 Picks
Rd. 3 Picks
Rd. 4 Picks
Rd. 5 Picks
Rd. 6 Picks
Rd. 7 Picks
Undrafted
Five
13
2
2
1
1
0
2
1
4
Four
82
2
2
3
2
1
2
3
67
Three
63
1
1
0
0
1
1
2
57
Two
7
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
Totals
165
5
5
4
3
2
5
6
135




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