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Jim Harbaugh expects 10-plus Wolverines to be drafted in 2017

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Will it be Michigan's turn to own the NFL draft next year, after rival Ohio State was the talk of the event in 2016?

Based on Jim Harbaugh's projection, the Wolverines are primed to send a deep group of players to the league the likes of which is rarely seen.

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"I don't know how many guys we'll get drafted but it'll be double digits," Harbaugh told the Inside Michigan Football radio show on Monday, per the Detroit Free Press. "That's awesome."

It's not going to be a UM draft class that's too heavily reliant on underclassmen, either. Most of the Wolverines' top prospects are seniors, including DE Chris Wormley, WR Jehu Chesson, CB Jourdan Lewis, TE Jake Butt, WR Amara Darboh, DL Ryan Glasgow, OL Erik Magnuson, LB Mike McCray, LB Ben Gedeon, DE Taco Charlton, OL Kyle Kalis and RB De'Veon Smith. And while not all of those are certain to be drafted, several top Michigan underclassmen could deepen UM's draft class if they apply for and are granted early draft eligibility. Among those are versatile defensive star and Heisman darkhorse Jabrill Peppers.

Harbaugh said the NFL scouting presence in Ann Arbor has been strong this week.

"The feedback's been really good, especially when it comes to the pro scouts, who have really been coming in," Harbaugh said. "A bunch come in today, tomorrow there will be scouts in, Wednesdays some general managers come in. Especially when the general managers themselves come in, they all comment on the same thing, how many good players we have and how many they're looking at and asking questions about. The answers are all so positive and favorable."

Ohio State led all schools with 12 selections in the 2016 NFL Draft. Double-digit draft classes like those don't come around often. In the seven-round draft era, Ohio State's 2004 draft class holds the record of 14 selections. Other notable double-digit drafted classes include FSU (2015, 11 selections), Miami (2002, 11 selections), USC (2009, 11 selections), Oklahoma (2005, 11 selections), and Louisville (2015, 10 selections).

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