Where Big Ten stars land on 2015 mock drafts

The dust hasn’t even settled on the 2014 NFL draft and some pundits already are looking ahead to the 2015 draft. Oh, brother. Needless to say, a lot can change between now and next May. But, take a gander at a few of the early, early, early 2015 mock drafts in this post.

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AthlonSports.com
No. 4 Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
No. 8 Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
No. 17 Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
No. 19 Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
No. 31 Noah Spence, DE, Ohio State
No. 32 Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
No. 34 Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin*
No. 40 Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State*

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CBSSports.com
No. 3 Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
No. 5 Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
No. 6 Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
No. 10 Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
No. 19 Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
No. 22 Noah Spence, DE, Ohio State
No. 27 Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
No. 28 Devin Funchess, TE/WR, Michigan

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SBNation.com
No. 1 Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
No. 5 Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
No. 11 Devin Funchess, TE/WR, Michigan
No. 21 Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
No. 25 Noah Spence, DE, Ohio State
No. 26 Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa
No. 28 Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State

From the look of things, the 2015 NFL draft could be good to the Big Ten, which had 30 players taken in 2014 (four first-rounders) after having just 22 drafted in 2013 (one first-rounder). In fact, the SBNation.com draft has Nebraska DE Randy Gregory going No. 1 overall. The CBSSports.com draft has Gregory No. 3. AthlonSports.com has him No. 8.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller? He isn’t projected to go in the first round. Not a shock.

* — Denotes a second-round pick.

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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