Michigan football defenders selected in back-to-back picks in 2024 NFL draft

Two Michigan football defenders, Mike Sainristil and Kris Jenkins, were selected back-to-back on Friday night in the 2024 NFL draft.
Michigan defensive back Mike Sainristil celebrates a play against Washington during the first half
Michigan defensive back Mike Sainristil celebrates a play against Washington during the first half / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

We knew that Michigan football was going to dominate day two of the NFL draft and it started in the middle of the second round as two Wolverines went off the board in back-to-back picks.

Kris Jenkins a standout defensive tackle for the Michigan football program went 49th overall to the Bengals, which means he'll play his professional ball in Ohio. Maybe the Bengals saw how well Jenkins played the past three seasons against Ohio State, and everyone else for that matter, and just thought they needed him on their team.

Jenkins dad and uncle played in the NFL. He's now joining them and he's going to be an elite run defender. His pass rush improved last season and that will be the next challenge for him if he wants to become a Pro Bowl caliber player but it's been incredible to see his rise after coming to Michigan football as a three-star, 240-pound defensive end.

Then, Mike Sainristil came off the board right after at No. 50 overall to the Washington Commanders. Dan Quinn is the new head coach and he's known for his days with the Seahawks and the Legion of Boom.

Well, Mikey isn't super big, but he brings the boom. He's one of the best tackling cornerbacks I have ever seen, even though he's not 5-foot-10. The former wideout has incredible ball skills and anticipation skills you can't teach.

It's going to be a great fit and in this day and age, even if he is just a nickel cornerback, he's going to be a full-time starter. Charles Woodson won Defensive Player of the Year essentially playing in the slot. Mikey is pound for pound one of the best players in the draft.


For Michigan football, there's a strong chance Roman Wilson, Junior Colson, and Blake Corum get drafted tonight. Zak Zinter could go too, but they have three so far on their way to 16 which would set a new NFL draft record by one school.