The Michigan Panthers selected quarterback Shea Patterson with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 United States Football League Draft on Tuesday night.

Patterson played two seasons for the Michigan Wolverines in 2018 and 2019. The announcement was made by NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski.

The Panthers are coached by former NFL head coach Jeff Fisher.

The league plans to begin play April 16 and is owned by Fox Sports, which will be its broadcast partner. This USFL has no ties to the original league that ran from 1983-85.

The first round of the USFL draft was dedicated exclusively to quarterbacks. The remainder of the round went like this:

2. Tampa Bay Bandits - Jordan Ta'amu

3. Philadelphia Stars - Bryan Scott

4. New Jersey Generals - Ben Holmes

5. Houston Gamblers - Clayton Thorson

6. Birmingham Stallions - Alex McGough

7. Pittsburgh Maulers - Kyle Lauletta

8. New Orleans Breakers - Kyle Sloter

Patterson had played two seasons for Ole Miss before transferring to Michigan. He set the Ole Miss single-game passing yards record and broke multiple records with the Wolverines, including single-game (regulation) passing touchdowns and consecutive games with four passing scores. His 3,061 passing yards as a senior in 2019 was the second-highest single-season mark in Michigan program history.

Patterson went undrafted in 2020 and signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was waived that July. He joined the CFL in 2021 and spent time with the BC Lions and Montreal Alouettes.