Michigan Football Players in Various NFL 2022 Simulation Drafts



Anthony Treash with PFF made a two-round mock draft and he doesn’t care that Hutchinson is the first choice, but it’s his only first-round Wolverine.

1. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: EDGE AIDAN HUTCHINSON, MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

Hutchinson is not only the best prospect in this class, he also just finished a historically good season that generated more PFF wins above average (WAA) than any other edge season in the PFF College era, edging out extraordinary campaigns by Chase Young, Joey Bosa and Nick Bosa.

The Michigan edge defender always has a plan. He knows how to set up tackles and constantly forces them to open the counter door inside. His advanced passing skills give him one of the highest floors of any prospect in this class.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound possesses the agility, explosiveness, confidence and violence to thrive on the edge. His technical prowess has also led to an elite 90.8 rating in run defense in 2021.

Hutchinson earned an FBS-leading 94.5 overall rating last season and is anything but a sure projection at the next level. He could help usher in a new era on defense in Jacksonville as QB Trevor Lawrence takes control of the offense.

45. BALTIMORE RAVEN: EDGE DAVID OJABO, MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

Despite the Achilles injury he suffered on his pro day, Ojabo is still unlikely to fall further than the middle of the second set. That’s the kind of edge he has.

Reuniting with Mike Macdonald (his Michigan defensive coordinator) and former high school teammate Odafe Oweh would be ideal for the former Wolverine and a good fit for both parties.

Ojabo is an extraordinary athlete who has definitely shown some top talent as he has produced several elite marks above 90.0. At the same time, his production was somewhat inconsistent and his run defense is a big problem. There’s a risk, but the Ravens can afford the risk at 45th.

58. ATLANTA FALCONS (VIA TEN): S DAXTON HILL, MICHIGAN WOLVERINES

Hill has the athleticism, solid collegiate production and versatility that attracts NFL teams. Although he hasn’t worn many hats in Michigan’s defense and has mostly covered the slot, he has the skills to be versatile or serve as the league’s primary safety.

Hill produced a coverage rating among the top 10 coverage slots among Power Five defensive backs of 2020-2021.