2021 NFL draft: Where the state of Michigan's players ended up this year

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Sixteen players with ties to the state of Michigan were selected in the 2021 NFL draft on Thursday-Saturday.

Michigan had 11 draft-eligible players and eight of them were selected — nine if you count former Wolverines tackle James Hudson, who finished his career at Cincinnati. Four Wolverines were drafted on Day 3, including fullback Ben Mason, who was taken by the Baltimore Ravens and will now play for Jim Harbaugh's brother, John, in the NFL.

Michigan Wolverines tight end Ben Mason is tackled by Michigan State Spartans safety Tre Person during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.
Michigan Wolverines tight end Ben Mason is tackled by Michigan State Spartans safety Tre Person during the second quarter at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.

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For the first time in 80 years, Michigan State didn't have a player drafted, despite defensive back Shakur Brown and defensive tackle Naquan Jones' projections as late-round selections by draft experts.

Western Michigan had a pair of players picked in receiver D'Wayne Eskridge (second round, Seattle Seahawks) and guard Jaylon Moore (fifth round, San Francisco 49ers) but no prospects from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan or any of the state's Division II or III schools were selected.

Five local high school stars who went to college outside of the state were picked. That included the Dallas Cowboys' drafting of former Detroit East English Village standout Chauncey Golston, who played defensive end at Iowa, in the third round.

Check out where everyone landed (with overall pick in parentheses):

Round 1

Indianapolis Colts (21): DE Kwity Paye, Michigan

Round 2

Seattle Seahawks (56): WR D'Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan

Round 3

Atlanta Falcons (68): OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan/Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Dallas Cowboys (84): DE Chauncey Golston, Iowa/Detroit East English Village

Houston Texans (89): WR Nico Collins, Michigan

San Francisco 49ers (102): DB Ambry Thomas, Michigan/Detroit King

Round 4

Tennessee Titans (109): WR Desmond Fitzpatrick, Louisville/Waterford Mott

Cleveland Browns (110): OT James Hudson, Cincinnati/Michigan

Round 5

Chicago Bears (151): OT Larry Borom, Missouri/Brother Rice

San Francisco 49ers (155): OG Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan/Consortium

Baltimore Ravens (171): DE Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame/Ann Arbor Skyline

New England Patriots (177): ILB Cameron McGrone, Michigan

Atlanta Falcons (182): DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame/Walled Lake Central

Baltimore Ravens (184): FB Ben Mason, Michigan

Round 6

Cincinnati Bengals (202): RB Chris Evans, Michigan

Washington Football Team (225): LS Camaron Cheeseman, Michigan

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: 2021 NFL draft: Where the state of Michigan's players ended up