The comparison game: B1G draft hopefuls to pros

The NFL draft is quickly approaching – May 8-10, to be exact – and it looks like there could be plenty of Big Ten love in the first round. We have all heard the names like Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard and Ryan Shazier. We know their strengths, and we know their weaknesses.

But, which current NFL players do draft experts compare these incoming rookies to?

Here’s what BTN NFL draft guru Russ Lande says.

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1. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Comparison: Nate Solder, New England Patriots

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Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

2. Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Comparison: Sean Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

3. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Comparison: Janoris Jenkins, St. Louis Rams

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Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

4. Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

Comparison: Zach Brown, Tennessee Titans

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Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

5. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Comparison: Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals

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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

6. Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

Comparison: James Harrison, Free Agent

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

7. Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Comparison: Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

8. Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

Comparison: Rod Streater, Oakland Raiders

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Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

9. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Comparison: Brandon Browner, New England Patriots

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

10. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Comparison: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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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