Merriman: Best of 2014 Big Ten NFL Draft class

Merriman: Best of 2014 Big Ten NFL Draft class

The NFL draft kicks off  Thursday evening, and it’s time to take a look at what NFL teams can expect from some of the top Big Ten prospects in this year’s draft class. Here is a list of 10 superlatives to get you ready for the much-anticipated NFL Draft.

[ MORE: How Big Ten’s NFL Draft class stacks up to recent ones ]

1. Best passer: Kenny Guiton, Ohio State
2013 stats: 75-of-109, 749 yards, 14 TD, 2 INT
Projected draft round: Late to undrafted

2. Best hands: Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
2013 stats: 78 rec, 1,081 yards, 7 TD
Projected draft round: 3-5

3. Best speed: Bradley Roby, Ohio State
40-yard dash time: 4.39
Projected draft round: 1

4. Best pass rusher: Denicos Allen, Michigan State
2013 stats: 98 tackles, 6 sacks
Projected draft round: 6-7

5. Best hitter: Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
2013 stats: 143 tackles, 6 sacks
Projected draft round: 1

6. Best cover-man: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
2013 stats: 62 tackles, 4 INT
Projected draft round: 1

7. Best leader: Chris Borland, Wisconsin
2013 stats: 112 tackles, 4 sacks
Projected draft round: 2-3

8. Best blocker: Taylor Lewan, Michigan
NFL Combine results: 4.87 40-yard dash, 29 bench press reps, 117 inch broad jump
Projected draft round: 1

9. Best deep threat: Allen Robinson, Penn State
2013 stats: 97 receptions, 1,432 yards, 6 touchdowns
Projected draft round: 1-3

10. Best athlete: Stanley Jean-Baptiste
NFL Combine results: 4.61 40-yard dash, 41.5 inch vertical jump, 128 inch broad jump
Projected draft round: 3

 

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