Michigan Football: 3 takeaways from the NFL draft

The 2024 NFL draft was the most historic extravaganza ever for the reigning national champions and the city of Detroit.
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What a celebratory three days it was for the national champions. (I will never get tired of saying or typing that). On night one J.J. McCarthy became the highest-rated draft choice at quarterback since Chad Henne. Then on Friday, it was a Wolverine-palooza with six Michigan football players drafted and the recognition of team 144 as college football's king. Rich Eisen and all of us were in our glory. Finally, on Saturday's marathon coverage, a program record was set for future generations.

Here are three of the takeaways from the draft.

1. Jim Harbaugh only recruited two of his players to join him in LA

One of the most talked about questions leading up to the event was how many Wolverines will coach Harbaugh take with him to Los Angeles. He ended up taking as many Michigan football players as he did Notre Dame Fighting Irishmen in the process. A Michigan man turned out to be the third pick of the Jim Harbaugh era in LA.

Harbaugh took Ladd McConkey over Roman Wilson and Kimani Vidal instead of Blake Corum. As for Junior Colson, he's in line to start. After losing Kenneth Murray in free agency, Colson has a chance to be an under the radar defensive rookie of the year candidate with a familiar face as his defensive coordinator too.

Adam Schefter reports that Karsen Barnhart is going to sign as a free agent in LA too. His versatility and awareness of the scheme will be an asset for the Chargers. He's got a shot to break the top four in the rotation at either guard or tackle. That's a win for both parties involved.