BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his version of Illinois’ offseason to-do list.
Tired of reading about the 2016 NFL Draft? You’re in luck, because several sites already have published their way-too-early 2017 NFL mock drafts. [ MORE: Get all of our latest NFL draft coverage ] Check out several of the 2017 mock drafts below. Athlon (top 50) 6. Desmond King, CB, Iowa 19. Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern 20. Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State 24. Malik McDowell, DL, Michigan State 25. Jabrill Peppers, S/LB, Michigan 36. Jake Butt, TE, Michigan 39, Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan 43. Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana 47. Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State 48. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan ***
Many good Big Ten players were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. There were 47 of them, to be exact. But many more never heard their name called. In fact, you could make a pretty good team from the undrafted Big Ten players. [ MORE: See which undrafted Big Ten players inked rookie free-agent deals ] Check it out. And count on many of these guys making rosters as undrafted players. BTN.com All-Undrafted Team OFFENSE QB Joel Stave, Wisconsin (Vikings) RB Josh Ferguson, Illinois (Colts) RB Brandon Ross, Maryland (Vikings) WR Geronimo Allison, Illinois (Packers) WR Alex Erickson, Wisconsin (Bengals)
The 2016 NFL draft is in the books. And no school dominated like Ohio State. Three players were picked in the top 10. Five players in the top 20. Ten players in the first three rounds, an NFL Draft record. Twelve players in the first four rounds, another NFL Draft record. But OSU fell short of breaking its modern draft record for most picks (14 in 2004) in one draft. Ohio State finished with 12 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. That was the most of any school this year. Ohio State is the 23rd team in the history of
Joel Washington has never let go of his dreams, and he hopes that his artwork inspires others to do the same. An employee of Indiana University for 27 years who currently serves as a custodian, Washington has been making artwork since he was a child. The primarily self-taught painter now has pieces hanging all over the Bloomington campus, including a portrait of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery in the Indiana Memorial Union. Washington originally planned on painting the portrait for himself since he went to school with Montgomery’s kids while growing up in Indianapolis. However, after a request for a new
The NFL draft is a whirlwind for top prospects. [ MORE: Former Big Ten names ink undrafted free-agent deals ] Not only do a majority of them travel to the draft, to be in the green room, but they’re typically introduced in their new home city the following day. The Big Ten had six players in Chicago on Thursday night, and all of them were taken in the first round, including three former Ohio State stars in the top 10. Ohio State defensive lineman Joey Bosa went No. 3 to pace the Big Ten’s 47 selections, second only to the
Forty-seven former Big Ten stars were selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, held Thursday-Saturday in Chicago. What about the familiar names who went undrafted? [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Well, many of them spent Saturday night and Sunday morning finalizing rookie free-agent deals. See the reported deals thus far below. ILLINOIS WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers DB V’Angelo Bentley, New England Patriots RB Josh Ferguson, Indianapolis Colts Thank you God.! 🙏🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/tvKOaSOB5R — V'Angelo Bentley (@VBentley_2) May 1, 2016 *** INDIANA TE Michael Cooper, Washington Redskins DL Darius Latham, Oakland
It was a great day for the Ohio State tennis programs Sunday, as the men's team won its 11th Big Ten tournament and the women's team claimed its first.
Big Ten football teams have storied pasts, so it’s no surprise that many of them boast impressive NFL draft resumes. [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Like, for example, did you know that three (Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska) of the five schools to have at least one draft pick in each of the last 50 drafts reside in the Big Ten? Or, that Nebraska is the only program with multiple selections in every draft during the modern era? Check out some fun Big Ten nuggets following the 2016 NFL Draft, held Thursday-Saturday
Cardale Jones was one of an eye-popping 12 Ohio State players drafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Jones heard his name called Saturday when the Buffalo Bills tabbed the 2014 national championship quarterback with the final pick in the fourth round. One could say Jones was excited to see his dream realized. I mean, he does rip his shirt in half. Watch Jones’ full reaction to being selected in the video at the top of this post. *** @BTNBrentYarina @CJ12_ @buffalobills @11W Brent, here is a