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Michigan football: Every former Wolverines player currently on an NFL roster – WolverinesWire

Michigan football certainly has a lot of representation in the NFL.
With eight players selected in the 2021 NFL draft and three going to teams as undrafted free agents, the Wolverines added 11 more players to the league this year. Several other players got late opportunities in 2020 and now have a chance to make the 53-man roster, as they’re currently active as NFL programs don’t have to widdle down to that number until closer to fall.
As of current, Michigan has 48 former players on active rosters on 25 teams, with the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers each boasting five former Wolverines while the Kansas City Chiefs have four. 10 other teams have at least more than one former Michigan player ready to go.
Here is every former Wolverine currently on an active roster in the NFL.
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Tom Brady needs no introduction, as he’s the most prolific quarterback ever to play the game. He’s appeared in 10 Super Bowls and has seven rings, and is the current defending Super Bowl MVP.
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Originally an undrafted free agent by the New York Jets, Braden was signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad in 2019. He was promoted to the active roster and saw action in four games in 2020.
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Drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft, Bredeson spent last year as a reserve but saw action in 10 games.
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The No. 10 overall pick in 2019, Bush was a star and a starter as a rookie, but his 2020 was cut short for him after he tore his ACL. He’s expected to be back by training camp.
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Once a first-round pick, Charlton went from the Cowboys to the Dolphins but was picked up in the 2020 offseason by the Chiefs. He was starting to thrive in a reserve role until he fractured his ankle.
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Longsnappers generally aren’t NFL draft picks unless they’re really good, and such is the case for Cam Cheeseman. He was picked in the sixth-round this year by Washington and has a solid chance to make the 53-man roster.
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One of the star defensive ends in all of football, Clark has been a star and a starter for the Kansas City Chiefs at defensive end the past two years after getting his start with the Seahawks.
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Mason Cole was drafted by the Cardinals in 2018 where he started for the past three years, but he was traded to the Vikings this offseason.
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Houston gave up several NFL draft picks to move up in the third round of the 2021 NFL draft to select the former Michigan wide receiver. He has a solid opportunity not only to make the roster but to eventually become the No. 1 wideout with the Texans.
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A fifth-round pick in 2020, Danna showed out as a reserve last year, but was limited late in the year by injury.
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An undrafted free agent this offseason, it didn’t take long for Nick Eubanks to find a new home. He rejoins fellow former Michigan tight end Sean McKeon — also a former undrafted free agent — with the Dallas Cowboys.
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A sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, Evans was picked by Cincinnati, where he has a chance to make the roster, as Giovani Bernard departed for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason.
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Funchess opted out due to COVID-19 in 2020 after cementing himself as a star receiver with the Carolina Panthers. He was signed in the 2020 offseason by the Green Bay Packers where he’ll start anew in 2021.
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Formerly the No. 12 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, Gary hasn’t cemented himself as a starter, but has been a solid reserve as an outside linebacker. He presented the Packers’ second-round pick this year with a hilarious result.
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A fifth-round pick in 2019, Gentry hasn’t seen the field much for the Steelers. He sprained his knee this year and is at risk to not make the roster, as Pittsburgh drafted Pat Freiermuth this year.
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Once a draft pick by the Detroit Lions, the eldest Glasgow brother was a big pickup in 2020 in free agency by the Denver Broncos. He started nearly every game at center but was sidelined shortly due to injury.
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The youngest Glasgow brother was a 2020 sixth-round pick by the Colts. Mostly a special teamer, he blocked a punt at a perfect time against the Bears, highlighting his hustle and ability at the NFL level.
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Drafted by the Bengals in the fourth round in 2017, Glasgow missed a lot of time due to injury. He was cut and ended up on the Texans practice squad for a time, had a brief tryout with the Patriots and then was signed to the Saints practice squad. He eventually was called up and played in two games in 2020 for New Orleans.
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A longtime star and starter for the Eagles, Graham is entering a contract year and his 12th season with Philadelphia.
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Perhaps the most key backup in the league, Chad Henne has been crucial for the Chiefs. In the playoffs, Patrick Mahomes went out with injury vs. the Browns, and Henne helped lead the Chiefs to a late-game victory. He returns and will continue to back up Mahomes.
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A third-round pick in 2017, Hill was a reserve for the Seahawks, but was sidelined with injury in 2020. He was placed on injured reserve and signed this offseason with the Carolina Panthers.
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Lano Hill’s younger brother, Lavert Hill went undrafted in 2020 but spent most of the year on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. He was cut in December, but was quickly picked up and added to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. He’ll have an opportunity to make the roster this offseason, but will have heavy competition.
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Hudson was a fifth-round pick in 2020 and spent most of the year on special teams. However, due to injury, he managed to start two games for Washington.
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Hurst was a steal by the Raiders in the 2018 NFL draft, with a heart issue making him drop from being a first-round lock to the fifth-round. He started in 17 of his 40 game appearances but was cut this offseason. He was signed quickly by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent.
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Carlo Kemp went undrafted in the 2021 NFL draft, but was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers shortly after the conclusion.
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Lewan has been a starter at tackle for the Titans, but he missed the first four games of the 2019 season due to a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He returned in 2020 but was injured in the fifth game of the season having torn his ACL.
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Lewis was a third-round pick in 2017 and initially was a reserve and special teamer. But he started nearly every game in 2020 and signed a contract extension with the Cowboys this offseason.
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A third-round pick in 2019, Long has spent most of his tenure with his hometown team as a reserve.
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Originally an undrafted free agent signed by the 49ers, Magnuson started in three games over two years. He was eventually cut and went to the Buffalo Bills practice squad before joining the Raiders, where he’s made two game appearances the past two seasons.
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A fullback and tight end, Mason was a fifth-round selection by the Ravens. He missed a rookie practice already having torn the skin off his feet.
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A third-round pick in 2021, Mayfield is the first Wolverine to join the Falcons in almost forever. He’ll be on track to earn a roster spot this fall.
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McGrone bet on himself by leaving Michigan early and ended up being a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft by the Patriots, joining four other Wolverines on the roster.
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Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys last year, McKeon made the active 53-man roster right out of the gates. He played in 14 games and started in one.
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Metellus was a sixth-round pick in 2020 and spent most of his time on special teams for the Vikings, having appeared in 15 games.
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Bryan Mone was an undrafted free agent in 2019, and started on the Seahawks practice squad but eventually made the 53-man active roster, playing in a reserve role. He was lost to injury in 2020, but was re-signed to a three-year contract this offseason.
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The former Michigan kicker went undrafted but signed as a free agent with the Wolverines-heavy New England Patriots days after the draft.
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Formerly a sixth-round pick, Onwenu was a steal for Bill Belichick. Moving around to various positions on the offensive line, Onwenu started in all 16 games for the Patriots in 2020.
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The No. 21 overall pick in the most recent NFL draft, Kwity Paye will star for the Indianapolis Colts defense this fall.
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Having left Michigan a year early, Donovan Peoples-Jones fell to the sixth round of the 2020 NFL draft, and spent most of the year as a reserve. But, due to some injuries, he saw increased playing time, and had a game-winning touchdown this past season. The wide receivers room in Cleveland is getting increasingly crowded, but he’s likely to maintain his role as a reserve receiver.
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Once a first-round pick by the Browns, Peppers was traded to his hometown Giants, where he’s becoming a star at safety and on special teams.
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The Saints’ first-round pick in 2020, Cesar Ruiz started nearly every game at right guard in 2020, but dealt with some injury issues late in the season.
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A sixth-round pick by the Packers in 2020, Runyan saw time in all 16 games, but mostly in a reserve role.
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Formerly known as Brandon Watson, Rusnak was an undrafted free agent signed by the Jaguars, but has been on the 53-man roster the past few years. He’s appeared in 24 games and started in one at corner in 2020. He’ll certainly be reevaluated by his new head coach — former Ohio State headman Urban Meyer.
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A third-round pick by the 49ers this year, Thomas has a solid chance to enter the rotation in Santa Clara.
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He spent most of the 2020 season with injury, but once former second-round draft pick Josh Uche got his chance, he was explosive at outside linebacker. He’ll get another opportunity to make a name for himself in 2021.
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Wilson is another undrafted free agent who ended up with the Jaguars and has been the starter at safety the past two-plus seasons. He missed four games last year due to injury.
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A third-round pick in 2019, Winovich is making a name for himself in New England. He spent his rookie year as a reserve but started nine of 16 games in 2020.
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A third-round pick by the Ravens in 2017, Wormley was traded to the Steelers last offseason. He saw limited time as a reserve, but signed a two-year contract extension in March.
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