Seven Big Ten players selected in first round of 2017 NFL Draft
The Big Ten saw seven former players selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, which is the highest number of players selected in the first round since 2006. Ohio State led the way with three draftees, and Michigan and Wisconsin deposited two apiece.
The three Buckeyes were drafted in the middle of the first round, with CB Marshon Lattimore going off the board first at No. 11 to the New Orleans Saints. Safety Malik Hooker was picked four spots later by the Indianapolis Colts at No. 15, and CB Gareon Conley went to the Oakland Raiders at No. 24.
Michigan defenders Jabrill Peppers and Taco Charlton went No. 25 and 28, to the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys, respectively.
Wisconsin snuck two players in at the end of Thursday’s proceedings, as linebacker T.J. Watt became the third current Watt brother in the NFL by going No. 30 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk closed out the first round by going to the Saints at No. 32.
The complete list of players, with highlights, tweets and interviews included, is below.
Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore – New Orleans Saints (No. 11)
Ohio State S Malik Hooker – Indianapolis Colts (No. 15)
Ohio State CB Gareon Conley – Oakland Raiders (No. 24)
Michigan S/LB Jabrill Peppers – Cleveland Browns (No. 25)
Michigan DE Taco Charlton – Dallas Cowboys (No. 28)
Wisconsin LB T.J. Watt – Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 30)
Wisconsin OL Ryan Ramczyk – New Orleans Saints (No. 32)