Michigan Football will be looking to fill a void left by defensive ends Rashan Gary and Chase Winovich heading to the NFL. However, the depth is still solid at defensive end, especially with former Central Michigan standout Mike Danna, who grad-transferred over to U-of-M.
Danna put up big time numbers at CMU, and has a shot at a starting position in 2019. The 6-foot-2, 257 pound transfer had 65 tackles (14 for loss), two touchdowns, four forced fumbles, and 8.5 sacks in 2018. Danna was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team defense.
Mike Danna upgrades Michigan's defensive end spot after their loss of several players along the edge to the NFL draft. What it possibly means for his 2020 NFL Draft stock ⬇️ ⬇️ https://t.co/ZDMyCZsz0x pic.twitter.com/4B3y9Ys03Q— PFF (@PFF) May 21, 2019
Because of Danna’s prowess along the line, Pro Football Focus ranked Danna at No. 22 on their Top 50 NCAA players for 2019 list. (The final 20 on the list will be released this week)
PFF: “Heading to Michigan after a dominant career at Central Michigan, Danna brings with him a ridiculous set of pass-rush moves and a strong presence in the run game. He ripped off 50 or more pressures in each of the last two seasons including 55 a year ago with 19 combined sacks + hits. Purely projection at this point, his ability to shed blocks and get after the quarterback should translate nicely to the Wolverines defensive front after several losses this offseason. Over the past two seasons, Danna has won 24.3% of his pass-rushes, the second-highest rate in the nation.”
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has been complimentary of Danna and his work ethic. Last month Harbaugh said “he’s got a lot of power. More than we thought. He’s under-promising and over-delivering right now.” Harbaugh went on to say that “his work ethic has been outstanding. He carries himself like he’s on a mission — to make Michigan great and to make himself great.”