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Several former Michigan football players improved their stock at Michigan's pro day Friday ahead of April's NFL draft.

Several former Michigan football players improved their stock at Michigan's pro day Friday ahead of April's NFL draft.

In all, 19 former Michigan football players took the field earlier today looking to impress a slew of NFL scouts on hand for the Wolverines pro day. Some stood on the sidelines while others partook in extensive testing and meetings.

While several could hear their named called in the first round of April's draft, the pure number of potential draft picks is an eye opener, and one of the reasons several head coaches and general managers made it to Al Glick Fieldhouse Friday afternoon.

Among the standouts was defensive end Taco Charlton, expected to go in the top half of the first round while also having extensive dialogue with the Detroit Lions, who possess the No. 21 overall pick.

"They're' only like 30 minutes away, so I don't consider that much of a trip," Charlton said Friday. "That's been good. I watch Ziggy (Ansah) a lot, studied film on him and he's a relentless pass rusher. I'm always impressed with everything he does.

"I've gotten good feedback (with the Lions). I'd love a place like that to play in. I feel like God will put me in the best position to succeed in the future, I trust in him and everything else will pay off."

Charlton recorded a 4.80 40 time Friday, better than his 4.92 at the NFL combine.

Jabrill Peppers, as expected, was a popular player in attendance, stating he's spoken with all 32 NFL teams with only two of them looking at him as a linebacker or offensive player.

Despite not playing safety at the college level this past season, Peppers believes that's his ultimate landing spot at the next level.

"Those are all fair questions, because I don't have much tape at safety," Peppers said in a media session. "But at the end of the day, some of the reasons why (some say) I can't play safety are mind blowing. If I'm a punt returner, I can track a ball, I can go get it at the highest point instead of letting it fall into the bread basket. The one interception thing? That's a fair question.

"I could've maybe had four at most. One was due to bad positioning, one I dropped against Northwestern and Jourdan Lewis got one the next play. And I could've had one at Utah in my first game back from injury against Utah, but I didn't get my head around.

"I'm trying to trust my technique and that's something I'm trying to hone in on now. Those are all fair questions. But at the end of the day, I'm an athlete. I'm a ball player. I only have to see something one time and I can do it. And I'll trust my technique and my skill"

Continuing to rehab and recover after tearing his ACL in an Orange bowl loss to Florida State, tight end Jake Butt took issue with the NCAA earlier today.

Vocal on twitter regarding the hypocrisy of the NCAA in regards to college football players being unable to cash in on their market value while in school, Butt is open to being more of a poster child for change.

“Something needs to change,” Butt said. “I don’t want a check from the NCAA. I don’t know that that’s something that’s likely, but the big thing is, they say you can’t use your name to benefit.”

“There’s something missing here," added Butt. "You see the salaries of a lot of people, and there’s a few of us, we’re getting 900 dollars a month and my rent is 700 dollars. Let’s do the math here."

Other notables

- Chris Wormley recorded a 4.83 40 time

- Jourdan Lewis had a much better showing in the 40 time clocking a 4.44 after registering a 4.55 at the NFL combine.

- Jehu Chesson also saw an uptick in the 40, clocking a 4.41 after running a 4.53 in Indianapolis.

- For a full list of results, click here.


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