The first round of the NFL draft was Thursday night, so, to little surprise, the 2015 mock drafts have hit the internet. Lostlettermen.com posted its 2015 NFL Draft Big Board, and the site pegs five Big Ten players for the first round. Defensive ends Randy Gregory (Nebraska) and Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State) headline the Big Ten at No. 4 and No. 7, respectively.
The Big Ten had just one way to go after producing only one selection in the first round of last year’s NFL draft: up. Last night, the Big Ten had four picks, with Michigan OT Taylor Lewan leading the way at No. 11 to the Titans. Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier went No. 15 to Pittsburgh, followed by Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard at No. 24 to Cincinnati and Ohio State CB Bradley Roby at No. 31 to Denver.
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College football fans need not be reminded of Jadeveon Clowney’s helmet-dislodging hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl. People still talk about the hit – even Michigan fullback Joe Kerridge’s mother. You see, after Taylor Lewan was drafted No. 11 in the NFL draft on Thursday night, Kerridge’s mom texted Joe.
Last year, the Big Ten had one first-round pick. Things went better last night in what was a good first night at the NFL draft for the Big Ten with four selections. Ohio State led the way with two picks. The first Big Ten player off the board? Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. He also was the third OT tabbed, going No. 11 to Tennessee.
It has been an extremely busy year for University of Illinois engineering students, Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves, co-founders of a startup toy company called Miss Possible.
Four former Big Ten stars were selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Michigan T Taylor Lewan was the first Big Ten product off the board, going No. 11 to Tennessee. See all of the Big Ten’s first-round picks in this post. The draft continues Friday and ends Saturday.
It has been a busy week, what with the announcements of a basketball series with the Big East and the hoop tourney moving to Washington, D.C., in 2017. Lots of mail on the subject of the Big Ten moving East. So, let’s dig in with some of your thoughts.