With the college football season beginning to wind down, we’re starting to enter the world of NFL Draft mock season.
The latest mock draft from SB Nation has two Michigan Wolverines taken in the first round.
Who are they? Glad you asked:
4. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan
The Jaguars really need to get better on the offensive line, but this is a really bad draft to need blockers. That could lead Jacksonville to go for the best player available, and that's Peppers. He can play everywhere on defense and be a standout special teams player.
21. Washington - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
For as much attention as [Malik] McDowell gets, maybe it should go to Charlton. He’s not quite on the same level of athleticism, but he’s been healthier this season, more productive, and has nearly identical size. For Washington, he could boost an average run defense.
Peppers is universally considered a top draft choice, it’s just a matter of whether or not he decides to stay in college after this season. He’s also the only Big Ten player listed in the top 15 of the mock draft, with Michigan State’s Malik McDowell the next-highest pick in the conference at No. 16.
At 6-6, 270, Charlton is no slouch either. The senior had a standout game against Ohio State and earned a sack of OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett in the fourth quarter. He also turned in some nice tackles of Buckeyes running back Mike Weber.