Michigan football's Mike Sainristil is rising up NFL draft boards

Mike Sainristil is going to be an impact player in the NFL after leaving Michigan football and he's trending up draft boards across the league or he should be.
2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington
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The NFL draft is going to be an epic affair for Michigan football. The Wolverines had 18 players invited to the NFL combine and there's a good chance they break Georgia's record of 15 players selected.

That would be cool to see. People questioned Jim Harbaugh, but it looks like the former Michigan football head coach knew what he was talking about.

One player that will be drafted fairly early in the 2024 NFL annual selection meeting is defensive back Mike Sainristil. The former wide receiver turned defensive back is a Michigan football legend. His interception sealed a national championship, plus the dude made clutch play after clutch play the past two seasons.

Sainristil is undersized but his impact on the game is huge. Sainristil is exceptional is one-on-one coverage, he can tackle and his balls skills -- as a former wideout -- are elite. He had six interceptions last season for the Wolverines. That's in addition to two forced fumbles and six pass breakups, as well as two defensive touchdowns.

Just about every NFL team is playing sub-package defense more than base, just like in college, so spending an early pick on a defensive back like Sainristil is wise. He also showed at the end of the season that he can play on the boundary, in addition to the slot.


ESPN draft analyst Matt Miller believes that Sainristil could be selected in the second round. I wouldn't be shocked at all if that happened. I also wouldn't be shocked if Jim or John Harbaugh found a way to get Mikey on their team, because whoever drafts Sainristil will get better, immediately.