Five B1G players appear in Kiper's Mock Draft 1.0

January is here. College football has come to a close and your hometown NFL team has already been bounced from the postseason. So, what can you focus on now to get your daily dose of NFL and college football news?

That’s easy — The NFL Draft.

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We all know that ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper Jr. goes together with the NFL Draft like peanut butter goes together with jelly. You want the best insight for the upcoming draft? Kiper is your guy.

The ESPN draft guru released his initial 2014 NFL Draft 1.0 today and five Big Ten players made the first-round cut.

The list is highlighted by Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, who Kiper projects going No. 11 overall to the Tennessee Titans.

“Lewan comes off a fine career at Michigan where he started since his freshman season, and added power as a run-blocker to his already ideal frame for a tackle,” Kiper says. “He could start at right tackle as a rookie and transition to the left side.”

Here is a list of all five Big Ten players and where they are predicted to land.

11.  Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: Tennessee Titans

24. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: Cincinnati Bengals

25. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: San Diego Chargers

26. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State: Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis)

32. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State: Seattle Seahawks

Others to consider: Ryan Shazier (Ohio State), Ra’Shede Hageman (Minnesota)

About Sean Merriman BTN.com web editor Sean Merriman covers football and men’s basketball and provides original content for BTN.com. You can follow him on Twitter @BTNSean.

Originally from Farmington Hills, MI, I have worked at the Big Ten Network since 2012 and took over my role as web editor and blogger in August, 2013. Follow me on twitter for constant Big Ten updates @srmerriman. Thanks and enjoy!!

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