Michigan Football Sets Record For NFL Combine Participants

2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington
2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages

There is no doubt that Michigan Football had a phenomenal team in 2023 full of NFL talent. Before the start of the 2023 season, Jim Harbaugh speculated that Michigan may break the record for players drafted in one year. The record currently stands at 15, held by Georgia.

Well, it surely appears as though things are heading that way. The Wolverines broke LSU's record of 16 combine invites, set in 2020, with 18 invites this year. Invites include JJ McCarthy, Kris Jenkins, Mike Sainristill, Blake Corum, Junior Colson, Drake Nugent, Roman Wilson, Zak Zinter, LaDarius Henderson, Braiden McGregor, Josh Wallace, Jaylen Harrell, Karsen Barnhart, Trevor Keegan, Trente Jones, AJ Barner, Cornelius Johnson, and Michael Barrett.

What's shocking is that the Wolverines have six offensive lineman heading to the combine. Compare that to the five starting offensive linemen that every team has. Michigan is sending more offensive linemen to the combine than starters it had. That's just a show of dominance.

Honestly, I don't know how Michigan football won't set the NFL draft record in April. Especially considering that these guys have been training under Ben Herbert for the entire time they've been at Michigan. You would expect most of these guys to show elite athletic abilities, which will surely help their draft stock.

An interesting question to ask is how many of these players are going to be reunited with either Jim Harbaugh or Mike Macdonald. Those guys know and love these players, and it wouldn't surprise me if 5+ Michigan players are drafted by the two of them. Blake Corum reuniting with Jim Harbaugh just sounds like destiny. JJ McCarthy to the Seahawks makes sense with an aging Geno Smith.


Regardless of what happens - both in the NFL draft and in Ann Arbor - one thing is for sure. Michigan fans are going to have lots of fun watching these players in the NFL. Enjoy this success, go blue!