NFL teams eyeing Big Ten names in next rounds

The Big Ten wasn’t shut out of the first round of the NFL draft for the first time since 1953 with the surprise selection of Wisconsin center Travis Frederick No. 31 over by the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. Several Big Ten players should come off the board the next two days.

The most likely to get picked in the second or third rounds on Friday are Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell; Wisconsin running back Montee Ball; Michigan State defensive end William Gholston; Ohio State defensive end John Simon.

The Frederick pick means Wisconsin has had one offensive linemen taken in the first round in each of the last three NFL drafts. Tackle Gabe Carimi was selected by the Bears in 2011 and guard Kevin Zeitler was picked by the Bengals last season. Frederick had a third- or fourth-round grade from most draft analysts. The Big Ten players most believed had the best shots to go in the first round were defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins of Ohio State and Kawann Short of Purdue.

Use the NFL Draft Tracker for up-to-the-minute results. We’ll also be tracking the picks Friday night and updating the table below throughout the rest of the draft.

44  Kawann Short, DT, Purdue  Carolina Panthers
48  Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State  Pittsburgh Steelers
49  Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State  New York Giants
58  Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin  Denver Broncos
86  Hugh Thornton, G, Illinois  Indianapolis Colts
87  Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State  Seattle Seahawks

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shookwriter27 on 4/26/2013 @ 11:13am EDT Said:

There should be a lot more first rounders from the Big Ten next year.

Stephen on 4/26/2013 @ 8:31pm EDT Said:

I don’t know about that Shookwriter. Those SEC guys get paid pretty good down there :-)

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