A look at Big Ten prospects in 2014 NFL Draft

Bradley Roby

The 2013 NFL draft wasn’t kind to the Big Ten. Just 22 players were selected—the fewest since 1994. Just one pick came in the first round, as the selection of Wisconsin center Travis Frederick No. 31 overall by the Cowboys was considered to be a massive reach by anyone with Internet access and a mock draft. But, fear not: The 2014 NFL draft should be much more fruitful for the Big Ten. Check out this way, way, WAY early mock draft from SI.com.

  • Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby is pegged to go No. 11.
  • Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is at No. 12. He likely would have been a first-rounder had he come out this year.

And here is an early top-50 draft board from CBSSports.com.

  • Roby and Lewan also make this list, along with Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier.

[ RELATED: View Big Ten 2013 NFL Draft picks and their new uniform numbers ]

Myriad other Big Ten prospects are included in a sortable CBSSports.com database that ranks the top 2014 NFL draft prospects by position.

According to CBSSports.com, here are the Big Ten players ranked among the best at their position among 2014 NFL Draft prospects. (Listed here alphabetically.)

Quarterbacks
Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez

Running backs
Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde
Wisconsin’s James White

Fullbacks
Nebraska’s C.J. Zimmerer

Receivers
Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis

Tight ends
Indiana’s Ted Bolser
Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz
Purdue’s Gabe Holmes
Nebraska’s Jake Long
Wisconsin’s Jacob Pedersen
Illinois’ Evan Wilson

Offensive linemen
Michigan State T Fou Fonoti
Wisconsin G Ryan Groy
Michigan T Taylor Lewan
Ohio State C Corey Linsley
Ohio State T Jack Mewhort
Ohio State G Andrew Norwell
Nebraska C Cole Pensick
Michigan T Michael Schofield
Nebraska T Jeremiah Sirles
Nebraska T Brent Qvale
Penn State G John Urschel

Defensive linemen
Wisconsin E Tyler Dippel
Purdue T Bruce Gaston
Minnesota T Ra’Shede Hageman

Linebackers
Michigan State’s Denicos Allen
Wisconsin’s Chris Borland
Illinois’ Jonathan Brown
Michigan State’s Max Bullough
Iowa’s Anthony Hitchens
Iowa’s James Morris

Defensive backs
Purdue CB Ricardo Allen
Ohio State Ohio State S C.J. Barnett
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard
Nebraska CB Ciante Evans
Michigan S Thomas Gordon
Michigan State S Isaiah Lewis
Penn State S Stephen Obeng-Agyapong
Iowa S Tanner Miller
Wisconsin S Dezmen Southward
Penn State S Malcolm Willis

Specialists
Ohio State K Drew Basil
Northwestern K Jeff Budzien
Indiana K Mitch Ewald
Michigan K Brendan Gibbons
Michigan P Will Hagerup
Iowa K Mike Meyer
Purdue P Cody Webster

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