Position-by-position breakdown of Big Ten in last 10 NFL drafts

Position-by-position breakdown of Big Ten in last 10 NFL drafts

With the 2017 NFL Draft set to kick off Thursday in Philadelphia, let’s take a look at which Big Ten schools have produced the most picks at each position over the last 10 NFL drafts.

Linebacker is a good place to start. Penn State is known as “Linebacker U,” but did you know no Big Ten school can top Ohio State’s 12 draft picks since 2007? Buckeye LBs like James Laurinaitis, Ryan Shazier, Larry Grant and Darron Lee, among others, have been tabbed of late. No other Big Ten team has produced as many players at one position in that span.

Which school is “Quarterback U”? “Running Back U?” “Offensive Lineman U?” Check it out. You may be surprised by some of the schools.

Michigan State: 3
Michigan; Ohio State; Northwestern: 2

Running backs
Ohio State: 5
Nebraska; Wisconsin; Rutgers; Michigan State: 4

Tight ends
Iowa: 4
Wisconsin; Penn State; Rutgers: 3

Ohio State: 10
Michigan; Michigan State: 6

Offensive linemen
Iowa: 11
Wisconsin: 10
Nebraska; Penn State; Michigan; Ohio State: 7

Defensive linemen
Penn State: 10
Ohio State: 8
Iowa; Michigan: 6

Ohio State: 12
Penn State: 9
Nebraska: 7
Michigan: 6

Defensive backs
Ohio State: 11
Nebraska: 8
Iowa: 7
Rutgers: 6


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