The Kansas City Chiefs have selected former Michigan Wolverines defensive end Mike Danna in the fifth round with the 177th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Danna is the fifth Wolverine to come off the board this weekend with Cesar Ruiz (1st round, New Orleans), Josh Uche (2nd round, New England), Ben Bredeson (4th round, Baltimore), Khaleke Hudson (5th round, Washington) preceding him.
Danna joined the Wolverines this past season as a graduate transfer and appeared in 13 games as a rotational piece on the defensive line, making 38 tackles and three sacks with one forced fumble. Prior to his time in Ann Arbor, he was an All-Mac player at Central Michigan in 2018 and one fo the best players on the Chippewa defense.
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Danna is not a prospect that is going to blow anyone away, but he always looked like someone who belonged on the field — whether it be as one of CMU’s stars on defense or in a rotation like the one he played in at Michigan. His lack of athleticism is what holds him back the most and probably limits him to a special teams and depth piece in the NFL. Still, what he brings to the table is a high-character, high-motor prospect that should at the very least land him a training camp invite somewhere. This is a steady, solid college pass rusher who has the potential to hear his name called late on day three of the draft, even if it winds up being a undrafted free agent offer.
The 2020 NFL Draft takes place all weekend with the first round on Thursday (8 p.m. ET), second and third rounds on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday (12 p.m. ET).