Whoever Jim Harbaugh’s replacement at Michigan is, they can’t lose these 5 players

Jim Harbaugh and most of Michigan's roster are off to the NFL, but whoever Harbaugh's replacement is, FanSided college sports writer Josh Yourish says they cannot let these five players enter the transfer portal to leave Ann Arbor.

Washington Huskies wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) and Michigan Wolverines Will Johnson
Washington Huskies wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) and Michigan Wolverines Will Johnson / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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. Mason Graham. DL. player. Mason Graham. Junior. Mason Graham. 485. . 55

Johnson got the attention in the CFP, but Graham, another sophomore, was the best player on Michigan’s defense. As a 6-foot-3 318-pound defensive lineman, Graham generated 29 pressures with four sacks and 18 hurries in only 251 pass rush snaps.

Among interior defensive linemen, Graham was 20th in the country in pressures, and among D-lineman with at least 100 pass-rush snaps, Graham’s pass-rush win rate of 16.4% was the third best in the country. 

He saved his best game of the season for the national championship, Graham generated a season-high five pressures with four hurries and one QB hit. Just because he didn’t finish off a sack, doesn’t mean he wasn’t dominant. 

Michigan isn’t losing as much of its defense as it is on the other side of the ball, but there are still plenty of impact players headed to the NFL. Graham will follow them in just one short year, but if he leaves Ann Arbor, then the Wolverines' defense won’t be close to the same.

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