Former Michigan offensive guard Ben Braden was not one of the 11 Michigan players drafted in the 2017 NFL Draft. He also was not one of the seven Michigan players who signed as an undrafted free agent after the draft ended last Saturday.
However, Braden will still get a shot to make an NFL roster after working as a starter for three years on the Wolverines football team.
The 6-foot-6, 335-pound offensive lineman was one of 39 players invited to tryout with the New York Jets for their rookie minicamp this weekend. He was one of two players from that group to sign with the Jets.
From Rockford (MI) High School, Braden was ranked No. 428 in the 2012 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He was the 47th-best offensive tackle and the No. 12 ranked player from the state of Michigan in his class.
Braden is the 18th player from Michigan to link up with an NFL team. The Wolverines had 11 players selected in the NFL Draft and now seven players signed as undrafted free agents.
It was a surprise that the offensive guard was not drafted, as he was expected to be picked in the late rounds. Following the 2016 season, Braden was named a member of the second team All-Big Ten.