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Big Ten West: 3 offseason areas to watch for each team

Northwestern at Purdue

Pat Fitzgerald is mic'd up!

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Spring football ended across the Big Ten almost two weeks ago. The long offseason is here—but work remains. All 14 league teams enter the summer with some nagging questions.

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No team has done more with fewer NFL picks than Mark Dantonio's Spartans

Rutgers at Michigan State

Mark Dantonio talks about recruiting class

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No one would argue that having NFL talent will surely help a college team be successful. Ohio State is proof of that. The Buckeyes, winners of at least a share of six of the last 10 Big Ten titles, annually are in the mix for the Big Ten’s most NFL draft picks.

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It's time for Tom Dienhart's 2015 All-Big Ten Undrafted Team

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Remember this crazy Shane Wynn catch?

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The dust has settled on the 2015 NFL draft, but many good Big Ten players never heard their names called. In fact, you could build a pretty good team with the undrafted players.

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NFL Draft: A look at the Big Ten players still on the board

Just three Big Ten schools had players picked in the opening round of the draft, with Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin being represented. When could other schools see their first player picked? Here is a look at the player most likely to be picked first (or next) from each Big Ten school over the next two days of the draft.

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Big Ten links: NFL Draft news & a scholarship offer for an 8th-grader?

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The Big Ten had three first-round picks, as Iowa T/G Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, then Michigan State CB Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings, and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. I was a bit surprised to see Scherff go so high, but he’s a safe pick, and he is very good. Waynes went about where I thought he would as did Gordon. But I thought Gordon would be the first back taken. He wasn’t, as the St. Louis Rams took Georgia’s Todd Gurley at No. 10.

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Big Ten links: Commissioner Delany defends football satellite camps

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In Thursday’s Big Ten links, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talked to reporters at the College Football Playoff spring meetings about the satellite camps this week. “I view it as permissible practice,” Delany said. Also, get some last minute Big Ten updates before tonight’s NFL Draft

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How have Big Ten defensive linemen fared in last 10 NFL drafts?

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Penn State has a reputation for producing linebackers, while Wisconsin has forged a legacy for churning out offensive linemen and running backs. But each school also has been proficient when it comes to having defensive linemen picked in the NFL draft.

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