Michigan Football: 3 reasons D-Line is strength of Wolverines defense

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Michigan football is expected to have a stout defense in 2020 and here are three reasons why it will be led by a dominant defensive line.

The defensive line has been a disruptive force in Harbaugh’s tenure as Michigan football coach. Rashan Gary and Taco Charlton headline the nine draft picks over the past five seasons.

The good news for Don Brown and the Michigan football defense is the cupboard is stuffed with talent for the 2020 season.

Kwity Paye and Aidan Hutchinson are back as well as 2019 captain, Carlo Kemp. It doesn’t stop there, either, because Donovan Jeter, Chris Hinton, Luiji Vilian, and David Ojabo are also ready to become bigger contributors.

The incoming freshman defensive line class is four strong. Braiden McGregor, Aaron Lewis, Kris Jenkins, and Jaylen Harrell could all have the opportunity to earn playing time.

Paye and Hutchinson are the headliners of this talented group. They have both proven to have the ability to get to the quarterback and cause disruption. Their ability to wreak havoc in the backfield helps out the rest of the defense.

The rest of the d-lineman are going to have to take that next step to make this group elite. There are players that have been in the program for a few years (Jeter, Vilain, and Ojabo) who have shown flashes but need to be more consistent. The increased snaps should help them reach their full potential.

As you can see, the d-line isn’t lacking in talent. Here are three reasons why they are the strength of the defense.

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