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Four Michigan Wolverines expected to be selected in the first round of the 2025 NFL Draft

Four Michigan Wolverines expected to be selected in the first round of the 2025 NFL Draft

Some college football fans seem to believe the Michigan Wolverines are in for a wake-up call in 2024. Not only did the program lose nearly 20 key contributors to the 2024 NFL Draft, Michigan is also losing former head coach Jim Harbaugh, defensive coordinator Jesse Minter and a whole host of other key members of the team starting in 2023.

While there have certainly been some significant changes in Ann Arbor, the reality is that the roster is still loaded with elite talent on both sides of the ball. In fact, there are four Wolverines currently projected to be first-round picks in the 2025 NFL Draft, which would be a program record for Michigan. Here’s a look at the four Wolverines who will be coming off the board in early 2025, according to PFF College:

No. 3: Denver Broncos – DT Mason Graham

January 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Mason Graham (55) against the Washington Huskies during the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

January 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Mason Graham (55) against the Washington Huskies during the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mason Graham is arguably the best defensive lineman in all of college football, and it’s no big surprise that he could be the first Wolverine taken in 2025. Jim Harbaugh once called Graham “a gift from the football gods,” and his performance over his two years in Ann Arbor proves why. PFF listed Graham as one of only two interior defensive linemen to earn a top-10 grade as both a pash rusher and a run defender, and the Denver Broncos could certainly use some help in those areas.

No. 4: Tennessee Titans – CB Will Johnson

Michigan defensive back Will Johnson celebrates after intercepting a pass from Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord during the first half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023.

Michigan defensive back Will Johnson celebrates after intercepting a pass from Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord during the first half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Will Johnson was tipped to be a future first-round pick from the moment he stepped onto campus in Ann Arbor. The first-team All-American was named defensive MVP in the 2024 National Championship game against Washington and finished the year second on the team with four interceptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. At 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, Johnson has the size and athleticism that typically go into a long and successful career in the National Football League.

No. 18: Los Angeles Chargers – Colston Loveland

January 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Colston Loveland (18) celebrates after catching a ball against the Washington Huskies during the fourth quarter of the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Photo Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

January 8, 2024; Houston, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines tight end Colston Loveland (18) celebrates after catching a ball against the Washington Huskies during the fourth quarter of the 2024 College Football Playoff national championship game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Photo Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

If Colston Loveland is still ranked No. 18, it wouldn’t be a surprise if his former college coach pulls the trigger and brings him to LA. Loveland is widely considered the best tight end in the country ahead of the 2024 season, and he is expected to play a major role in Michigan’s offensive strategy as the Wolverines look to defend their title. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Loveland’s size, speed, physicality and playmaking ability make him a player NFL teams would gladly spend a first-round pick on.

No. 20: Houston Texans – Kenneth Grant

Michigan defensive tackle Kenneth Grant (78) reaches out to sack Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) during the second quarter of the College Football Playoff championship game against Washington at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024.

Michigan defensive lineman Kenneth Grant (78) reaches out to sack Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) in the second quarter during the College Football Playoff championship game against Washington at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. / Melanie Maxwell / USA TODAY NETWORK

Although Mason Graham gets most of the media attention, Michigan defensive lineman Kenneth Grant certainly gets a lot of attention from opposing offensive coordinators as well. Simply put, you always have to consider No. 78. During the 2023 National Championship season, Grant ranked fifth on the team with 3.5 sacks and seventh with 5.0 tackles for loss. At 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds, Grant is an immovable object that forces an offensive line to plan accordingly. But don’t let his size fool you. Grant turned heads during the 2023 season when he chased down Penn State running back Kaytron Allen to make a touchdown-saving tackle, and former Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh suggested it might have been one of the best plays in program history.