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Michigan defensive tackle Christopher Hinton enters NFL draft

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Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA;  Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras (7) runs the ball while *Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Christopher Hinton (15) defends in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras (7) runs the ball while *Michigan Wolverines defensive lineman Christopher Hinton (15) defends in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan defensive tackle Christopher Hinton announced Wednesday that he is declaring for the NFL draft.

Hinton had 32 tackles and one sack in 14 games for the Wolverines, who reached the College Football Playoff semifinals before losing to Georgia.

He is the third Michigan defensive player to enter the draft, joining possible No. 1 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson and linebacker David Ojabo. Hutchinson, a defensive end who was the Heisman Trophy runner-up, also announced his decision on Wednesday.

Hinton made his announcement on his Twitter account.

“To say it was an honor to play at the University of Michigan and to have the opportunity to play for the best fans in the nation, would be an understatement,” Hinton wrote. “The University of Michigan, the fans, the city of Ann Arbor are all amazing, and they will always have a special place in my heart.

“… After a ton of thought and prayer, I am very excited to announce I am declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft.”

Hinton is the son of former NFL offensive tackle Chris Hinton, who was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection during 13 NFL seasons with the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1983-89), Atlanta Falcons (1990-93) and Minnesota Vikings (1994-95).

–Field Level Media