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.

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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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dale on 5/6/2014 @ 8:54pm EDT Said:

None of the above, except for maybe Borland. What did they major in? The history of comic books???? If Borland’s major had some meaning to his life after football, then he has my vote. Other than that, consider what they have to offer to the world after athletics. Otherwise, this is a joke.

sullivandan43 on 5/13/2014 @ 7:08am EDT Said:

The NFL draft kicks off and it’s time to take a look at what NFL teams can expect from some of the top Big Ten. Great team.