Dienhart: Big Ten well-represented in NFL Draft

The 2014 NFL draft is in the books. And, the Big Ten was well-represented. Things got off to a good start on Thursday during the first round, when the Big Ten had four picks.

The Big Ten had 30 picks over the seven-round draft, which is up from just 22 last year with only one first-rounder. Ohio State led all Big Ten teams with six picks. Here’s a look at the draft.

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PICKS BY SCHOOL

 Illinois: 0

 Indiana: 2

  • TE Ted Bolser, 7th  round 217th/Redskins
  • WR Cody Latimer, 2nd round 56th/Broncos

Iowa: 3

  • TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, 3rd round 65th/Texans
  • LB Anthony Hitchens, 4th round 119th/Cowboys
  • LB Christian Kirksey, 3rd round 71st/Browns

Michigan: 3

  • WR Jeremy Gallon, 7th round 244th/Patriots
  • OT Taylor Lewan, 1st round 11th/Titans
  • OT Michael Schofield, 3rd round 95th/Broncos

Michigan State: 1

  • CB Darqueze Dennard, 1st round 24th/Bengals

Minnesota: 2

  • DT Ra’Shede Hageman, 2nd round 37th/Falcons
  • S Brock Vereen, 4th round 131st/Bears

Nebraska: 3

  • WR Quincy Enunwa, 6th round 209th/Jets
  • CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, 2nd round 58th/Saints
  • G Spencer Long, 3rd round 78th/Redskins

Northwestern: 0

Ohio State: 6

  • S C.B. Bryant, 7th round 241st/Rams
  • RB Carlos Hyde, 2nd round 57th/49ers
  • C Corey Linsley, 5th round 161st/Packers
  • OT Jack Mewhort, 2nd round 59th/Colts
  • CB Bradley Roby, 1st round 31st/Broncos
  • LB Ryan Shazier, 1st round 15th/Steelers

Penn State: 3

  • DT DaQuan Jones, 4th round 112th/Titans
  • WR Allen Robinson, 2nd round 61st/Jaguars
  • G John Urschel, 5th round 175th/Ravens

Purdue: 2

  • CB Ricardo Allen, 5th round 147th/Falcons
  • OT Kevin Pamphile, 5th round 149th/Buccaneers

Wisconsin: 5

  • WR Jared Abbrederis, 5th round 176th/Packers
  • DT Beau Allen, 7th round 224th/Eagles
  • LB Chris Borland, 3rd round 77th/49ers
  • FS Dezmen Southward, 3rd round 68th/Falcons
  • RB James White, 4th round 130th/Patriots

PICKS BY POSITION

Defensive backs: 7

Offensive linemen: 7

Receivers: 5

Linebackers: 4

Defensive linemen: 3

Running backs: 2

Tight ends: 2

PICKS BY ROUND

First: 4

Second: 6

Third: 6

Fourth: 4

Fifth: 5

Sixth: 1

Seventh: 4

THIS AND THAT…

Denver and Atlanta each drafted three Big Ten players. The Broncos picked Bradley Roby, Cody Latimer and Michael Schofield. The Falcons picked Ra’Shede Hageman, Dezmen Southward and Ricardo Allen. Washington, Tennessee, San Francisco, New England and Green Bay each picked two. A total of 21 NFL teams picked Big Ten players.

Picked too low: Minnesota DT Ra’Shede Hageman. The 6-6, 310-pound Hageman should have been a first-round selection. But he lasted until the fifth pick (No. 37 overall to the Falcons) in the second round. Defensive tackles with his dimensions and athletic skills typically are first-round selections. I also was shocked Michigan State corner Darqueze Dennard lasted until the No. 24 pick in the first round (Bengals). I thought he may be the first Big Ten player picked. Alas, he was the third.

Figures to start right away: Michigan OT Taylor Lewan. When you are the No. 11 overall pick in the draft, you are expected to be a plug-in-and-play talent. Lewan is, as he’ll slip into the Tennessee Titans line at left tackle. Fellow first rounders Ryan Shazier of Ohio State (No. 15/Steelers), Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State (No. 24/Bengals) and Bradley Roby of Ohio State (No. 31/Broncos) all figure to play big roles if not start in the fall.

Surprised he wasn’t picked: Northwestern QB Kain Colter. I thought some team would be intrigued by his dynamic athletic skills and grab him late. A quarterback by trade, Colter showed in his Northwestern career that he could catch the ball and run. Plus, he’s a smart kid.

About Tom Dienhart BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men’s basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, read all of his work at btn.com/tomdienhart, and subscribe to his posts via RSS. Also, send questions to his weekly mailbag using the form below and read all of his previous answers in his reader mailbag section.

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