Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten since 2004, but the program still has churned out some top talent over the past 10 seasons. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] The Wolverines have had a storied reputation for producing offensive linemen and receivers—and that bears out in the numbers from the past 10 NFL drafts. Michigan has seen seven offensive linemen and seven wideouts picked. But where are all of the quarterbacks (one) and running backs (two)? The 2015 NFL draft should see tight end-turned-receiver Devin Funchess go high. And linebacker Jake Ryan looks like
In Thursday's Big Ten links, we take a look at a number of basketball and football stories. Wisconsin looks loose headed into the Final Four. Michigan State shares some things in common with last year's NCAA champs. Maryland's Melo Trimble is staying at Maryland. Christian Hackenberg is refocusing at Penn State. Read all that and more in this post.
The NFL draft has not been kind to Maryland of late, as the Terps have had a total of only two players drafted in the last three years; six players in the last five drafts. [ MORE: Check out Tom Dienhart’s Big Ten NFL draft snapshots ] This year’s draft, held April 30-May 2 in Chicago, may be more fertile. Wideout Stefon Diggs and defensive tackle Darius Kilgo look primed to be picked—especially Diggs, who turned pro early. Fellow wideout Deon Long, quarterback C.J. Brown and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil may be late selections. Here is a breakdown of how Maryland
For the eighth time—and the first since 2005--the Big Ten has two Final Four teams. BTN.com sat down with BTN analyst Jess Settles to preview Saturday's national semifinals.
Pardon me, Kennedys: But this is Camelot for Michigan State, right? I mean, will it ever get any better than it is right now in East Lansing with the Tom Izzo-Mark Dantonio dynamic duo? Final Fours and league titles have become the norm. Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press says this is a giddy, glorious time for Spartan Nation — MSU fans, students and alumni — because of these coaches, the success they have built and how they have done it with so much class. To wit: The football team has finished in the top five in the country
Tom Izzo has the Spartans back in the Final Four for the seventh time in his tenure. Of the seven trips to the final weekend, this one is the most surprising, Tom Dienhart writes.
Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft, set for April 30-May 2 in Chicago. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] Offensive tackle Brandon Scherff looks like a top-10 pick, joining fellow ex-Hawkeye blockers Riley Reiff and Bryan Bulaga as first-round picks in the last 10 years. (Robert Gallery was a first-rounder in 2004.) Defensive tackle Carl Davis also should be a hot commodity. And look for offensive tackle Andrew Donnal and defensive tackle Louis Trinca-Pasat likely to go
Final Four analyses is flying off Internet browsers faster than I can type this. You name it, it has been or will be analyzed in coming days. … Frank Kaminsky’s jumper … Branden Dawson’s attitude … Tom Izzo’s facial expressions. Here is a nice video from FOX Sports Live along those lines that looks at how the Badgers can be mighty Kentucky. The key Badger? It’s not Frank Kaminsky, so this video says. It’s Sam Dekker, right? Right. *** Michigan State has a tall task in its semifinal game vs. Duke. I think Branden Dawson hit it on the head
The draft pickings have been slim for Indiana over the last 10 years with just 12 selections. [ MORE: Get Tom Dienhart’s team-by-team NFL draft snapshots ] The Hoosiers didn’t have any selections in 2012 or 2013. And they also went pick-less in 2007 and 2009. The last time Indiana had a first-round pick? You have to go back to 1994, when wideout Thomas Lewis went No. 24 overall to the Giants. Perhaps Indiana can break that drought this year with running back Tevin Coleman possibly sneaking into the top round. The NFL Draft is just over a month away,
The Big Ten has multiple teams in the Final Four for the eighth time, the most of any conference. Tom Dienhart takes a look back at the previous seven times inside.