Big Ten writers' 2012 mock draft: Round 1

Everyone, it seems, enjoys mock drafts. And it’s easy to see why. Not only do they create interest and offer predictions, but they often elicit passionate responses. You know the complaints and arguments: that guy’s too high, this guy’s better than that guy, etc. Well, we thought it would be fun to do a 2012 Big Ten football mock draft. How does it work? We invited a writer from all 12 Big Ten teams to conduct the six-round draft, consisting of QB, WR, RB, TE, Defensive player and K.

We didn’t include offensive linemen (sorry!) because they aren’t stat-collectors, and we’re going to use the team’s weekly statistics as a fun new way to spotlight the week’s top Big Ten statistical performers throughout the season.

[Mock draft results: Round 1 | Round 2 | Rounds 3 & 4 | Rounds 5 & 6]

This is not a 2012 NFL mock draft and it is not fantasy football. There are no weekly standings, trades, points per reception or anything of that ilk. Instead, this is a feature that gives us a new way to showcase the Big Ten’s top statistical talents each week. Plus, we hope the mock draft gets Big Ten fans debating the picks.

Editor’s note: Because teams can have only one player from each position and all positions have varying degrees of depth, there will be examples of inferior players going before superior players.

ROUND 1

1. Bob Asmussen (@BobAsmussen), Champaign News-GazetteMontee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
My take: The only possible pick here.

2. Dustin Dopirak (@DustinDopirak), Bloomington Herald TimesDenard Robinson, QB, Michigan
My take: The only possible pick here.

3. Marc Morehouse (@marcmorehouse), TheGazette.comBraxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
My take: Can’t complain about the selection, but it was a bit surprising an Iowa beat writer passed on James Vandenberg, perhaps the Big Ten’s elite passer. The guy is underrated.

4. Kyle Meinke (@KMeinke), AnnArbor.comJohn Simon, DE, Ohio State
My take: After hearing everyone with a pulse rave about Simon at media day, it’s no surprise the Ohio State star was the first defensive player off the board. The real surprise: a Michigan beat writer took an “Ohio” player in Round 1.

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5. Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode), Lansing State Journal - Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
My take: With Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead available, this is an interesting pick. But it makes sense, both from the fact it’s a Michigan State writer and that Bell is primed for breakout season.

6. Marcus R. Fuller (@GophersNow), Pioneer PressRex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
My take: It’s hard not to be shocked Burkhead dropped this far, and you know Brian Christopherson, of the Lincoln Journal Star, was hoping he would fall one more pick.

7. Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC), Lincoln Journal StarTaylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska
My take: With Burkhead off the board, Christopherson stayed in state and scooped up a dual-threat quarterback who has been working hard and long on his passing and footwork.

8. Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein), Chicago TribuneKain Colter, QB, Northwestern
My take: On the topic of dual-threat quarterbacks, Colter could be a very nice one in his first season as the full-time guy.

9. Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland), ElevenWarriors.comJohnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
My take: The third Buckeye selected, and the second from the defensive line. No wonder so many experts like Ohio State this year.

10. Ron Musselman (@rmusselmansc), StateCollege.comSilas Redd, RB, Penn State
My take: High risk, high reward. If Redd rejects USC and stays at Penn State, he’s one of the conference’s best running backs. Editor’s note: Due to Redd’s transfer to USC, Ron’s pick is Bill Belton.

11. Ryan and J (@BoiledSports), BoiledSports.comJared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
My take: Considering the lack of proven playmakers at receiver, this is a great selection. There may be no bigger drop-off between the first couple of guys and the rest of the position than at receiver.

12. John Velduis (@JohnVeldhuis), BadgerBlitz.comJames Vandenberg, QB, Iowa
My take: About time! I truly don’t understand how the senior is so underrated. The best pure quarterback in the Big Ten, Vandenberg is going throw the ball a lot this season.

[Mock draft results: Round 1 | Round 2 | Rounds 3 & 4 | Rounds 5 & 6]

Brent Yarina is a web editor and blogger for BTN.com. Find all of his work here and follow him on twitter at @BTNBrentYarina.

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Show Comments (3 Comments)
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gerryglea on 7/30/2012 @ 8:43pm EDT Said:

Andrew Maxwell you make you all very sorry. He will be the best qb stat wise and in wins in the Legends this season

Doug on 7/31/2012 @ 12:10am EDT Said:

agreee with gerryglea, Maxwell will suprise everyone except MSU fans, we all know what he can do and soon everyone else will too

Andy on 8/8/2012 @ 1:09am EDT Said:

How dare you, Kyle. BWC is obviously the premiere DT in the B1G. I expected better from you.

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