Michigan in the NFL: Where the 2017 draftees will start the season


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Taco Charlton lived up to his name during the NFL preseason.

One of 11 Michigan players drafted by NFL teams in April, Charlton provided one of the more notable celebrations in an NFL preseason game. The defensive lineman celebrated his sack of Oakland Raiders quarterback E.J. Manuel by pretending to hand out tacos to his teammates.

Charlton, who made the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, registered 4 tackles and 2 sacks in the Cowboys’ four preseason games. We will have to wait to see how he and his former Michigan teammates fare in the NFL’s regular season, which opens Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET, NBC) when the New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Until then, here’s how Michigan’s 2017 draftees performed in the preseason, and where they stand as they begin their pro careers.

Jake Butt, TE

Denver Broncos

Jake Butt will start the season on the non-football injury list, following an ACL tear in his right knee in the Orange Bowl in December.

Jehu Chesson, WR

Kansas City Chiefs

In the Chiefs’ preseason game last week against Tennessee, it likely was Jehu Chesson’s 76-yard punt return that secured his spot on Kansas City’s 53-man-roster.

Jeremy Clark, CB

New York Jets

Jeremy Clark is one of two Michigan players drafted in 2017 despite recovering from reconstructive ACL surgery. The Jets moved Clark to the reserve/non-football injury list Sept. 1.

Amara Darboh, WR

Seattle Seahawks

Amara Darboh sustained two injuries (bruised sternum, concussion) during the preseason. He had 3 catches for 22 yards in Seattle’s final preseason game at Oakland, which likely solidified his spot on the Seahawks’ 53-man roster.

Ben Gedeon, LB

Minnesota Vikings

Ben Gedeon made the Vikings’ 53-man roster, and it was announced Tuesday that he would start at weakside linebacker for Minnesota. Gedeon had 13 tackles in the preseason.

Ryan Glasgow, DT

Cincinnati Bengals

Ryan Glasgow made the Bengals’ 53-man roster and is projected as a situational defensive tackle. He had 9 tackles in the preseason.

Delano Hill, S

Seattle Seahawks

Delano Hill had 11 tackles in the preseason. Hill also is projected to be a contributor on special teams for the Seahawks.

Jourdan Lewis, CB

Dallas Cowboys

Jourdan Lewis made the Cowboys’ 53-man roster but could miss Dallas’ season opener Sunday against the New York Giants because of a hamstring injury. He was expected to return to practice this week.

Jabrill Peppers, FS

Cleveland Browns

Jabrill Peppers is making a smooth transition to the NFL at free safety. He made a splash in the preseason by intercepting Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, and he has emerged as a force in the middle of Cleveland’s defense.

Chris Wormley, DL

Baltimore Ravens

Chris Wormley made appearances in three preseason games, registering 4 tackles, and made Baltimore’s 53-man roster.

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