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2020 NFL Draft: Michigan safety Josh Metellus selected by Minnesota Vikings

The Wolverines are sending another defensive player to the next level.

NCAA Football: Michigan at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have selected former Michigan Wolverines safety Josh Metellus in the sixth round with the 205th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Metellus is the ninth 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), Mike Danna (5th round, Kansas City) and Michael Onwenu (6th round, Patriots) and Donovan Peoples-Jones (6th round, Cleveland) preceding him.

Metellus was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree at Michigan and played in 47 games in his career, making 38 starts. He was a three-star prospect in the 2016 class and the No. 739 player in the country coming out of high school, where he was also teammates with former Wolverine and current Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush.

Overview (full scouting report here)

Metellus projects as a late-round developmental player that will receive a look on special teams with hopes that his coverage skills improve. The weaknesses to his game may not be improved upon in any sizable way to warrant him ever becoming an NFL starter. Metellus’ willingness to hit with thump, and his passion for the game will serve him well but he has a long way to go as a prospect.

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).