Nine Michigan Wolverines Selected in NFL Draft as Jim Harbaugh Makes Record

Jessica Aletor
Jessica Aletor
NFL Sports News


  • The Michigan Wolverines had nine players selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, the third highest for any university team.
  • Draft picks were spread across Seattle, Cincinnati, and New York.
  • Jim Harbaugh has had players in all positions drafted into the NFL since the start of his coaching tenure with the Wolverines.

The 2023 NFL Draft was quite the successful outing for the Michigan Wolverines. Since Jim Harbaugh joined the Wolverines as coach, there’s been some significant improvement in recruitment. And this year’s NFL draft just shows how much of a good job has been done. Nine Wolverines were selected in the first draft, with the players heading to top NFL teams.

The Michigan Wolverines had the third highest selection, as Georgia and Alabama university teams recorded 11 and 10 picks, respectively. Michigan sports wagering rules also meant punters were allowed to stake on NFL betting apps in anticipation of the draft.

Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys, and Cincinnati Bengals Pick Two Wolverines Each in Draft

Only the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide had more players selected in the 2023 Draft than the Michigan Wolverines. Brad Robbins was one of the most significant picks at the draft as he headed to the Cincinnati Bengals. The former Michigan punter was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree during his time with the Wolverines. He was also rated as a one-time No 1 punter according to Kornblue Kicking.

Robbins will now be joining DJ Turner who was picked in No. 60 at the second round of the draft. Prior to Turner, Mazi Smith was picked in the first round at No. 26 while coming several picks behind was Luke Schoonmaker who emerged in the draft at pick 58. Both players will be making their way to the Dallas Cowboys.

The Seahawks wasted no time drafting Mike Morris and Olusegun Oluwatimi into their team. Oluwatimi was one of the stars behind the Wolverines offensive powerhouse last season. He went home with the Outland Trophy and Rimington Award for his lineman performances in college football tournaments. The entire offensive line would go on to win the Hoe Moore Award in 2022.

Still on players picked in twos, the San Francisco 49ers made a steal with Jake Moody who was selected to join them as pick No. 99. They further picked Ronnie Bell at No. 253. Bell was 2018 Rookie of the Year and 2022 Offensive Skill Player of the Year while he played college football as a wide receiver with the Wolverines.

Ryan Hayes was one of the last Michigan Wolverines to be selected, with the Miami Dolphins picking him at No. 238. Gemon Green also found an impressive NFL opportunity just after the draft with the New York Giants signing the cornerback as a rookie free agent.

The drafting of Jake Moody and Brad Robbins signified the first time in 40 years that the same college team would have a kicker and a punter selected in the same draft.

Coach Jim Harbaugh Achieves Milestone as Michigan Ranks 2nd in Top 25 Power Rankings

Despite links to NFL clubs, Jim Harbaugh has made the decision to stay with his former college, the Michigan Wolverines. His spell with the club has brought about outstanding changes to the team and its gameplay. But even better, the coach smashed a major milestone with the recently completed draft picks.

Throughout Harbaugh’s tenure as coach of the Michigan Wolverines, they have had players across all positions picked in the first draft. This also marks a fifth consecutive year where the Michigan Wolverines have had a first-round pick in the NFL draft.

Surprisingly, despite losing players to the draft, the Wolverines are still optimistic of their chances at the College Football Playoffs. The team is currently ranked second in the Spring edition of the Top 25 Power Rankings, closely behind the Georgia Bulldogs.

Betting Odds and Chances of Detroit Lions Eligible for Rookie of Year

Although the Detroit Lions did not make any selections from the Wolverines, they had a pretty good outing at the NFL draft. They selected Jahmyr Gibbs, a running back who transferred from Georgia Tech to Alabama. Many Michigan sportsbooks are tipping draft picks of the Detroit Lions to win the Associated Press’ Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

Gibbs is tied at FanDuel Sportsbook MI with Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seattle’s wide receiver at odds of +900 to win. Atlanta Falcons’ Bijan Robinson is favorite to win at bookies with odds at +300. 

Other Detroit Lions picks in pole position to win include Sam LaPorta who joined from Iowa and is placed at +6000 odds to win. The Lions quarterback, Hendon Hooker is pegged at +5000 to wins, better than LaPorta but riskier as he is injury prone.

Jessica is a news contributor to Gamble Online Michigan. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics but has over three years of experience working in the hospitality and gambling industry. Despite her core finance and investment banking background, she has been a casino feature writer for N1 Interactive Limited and multiple gambling affiliate sites. Her work has been featured on the bet365 blog, and Max Force Racing. She spends her time between Michigan and California, staying up-to-date on the latest industry developments