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Mel Kiper's First 2017 NFL Mock Draft has Two Michigan Wolverines Taken in the First Round

It could be another good year for UM in the draft.

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With almost a year to go, Mel Kiper has released his first 2017 mock NFL Draft, and it includes two Michigan Wolverines.

At No. 9 is Jabrill Peppers, the do-it-all star who still has three years of eligibility left. Here are Mel's thoughts:

There isn't much Peppers can't do on the football field, as he was dynamic on defense and in the return game; he also put in time on offense last season. This year, he'll be something of a hybrid as a guy with safety size and speed lining up in the box. Expect to be impressed.

At No. 15 is cornerback Jourdan Lewis.

From Mel:

Lewis could have factored into first-round talk had he jumped into the 2016 draft class, but he'll return and give Michigan two of the top NFL prospects in the country on one side of the ball. Lewis can really cover, but size will be the question mark. Can he stay outside in the NFL?

There's a little bonus as well. Tight End Jake Butt is one of five players listed under "others considered," so if he has a good year we could see three Wolverines taken among the first 32.