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The list of players invited to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine has officially been released, and a total of 12 former Big Ten standouts appear on the 63-man list. Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell is also listed as an alternate. The combine is set to take place on May 11-15 in Chicago. Here is the list of the 12 Big Ten players invited to participate in the event, along with a look at their projected draft stock and a current NBA comparison. The 2016 NBA Draft rules allow underclassmen players to go through the pre-draft process all the way through the combine. Those
Tumult has defined Illinois in the last 10 months. The program is on its third head coach in less than a year as the Fighting Illini search for just their fourth bowl since 2007. But hope is running over with the hiring by new A.D. Josh Whitman, who subsequently tabbed former NFL coach Lovie Smith to run the program. [ MORE: Dienhart: Check out Illinois’ offseason to-do list ] Here is a look at the 2016 Illinois schedule. Toughest non-conference game: North Carolina’s visit on Sept. 10 will be a great test. Last year, the Illini waded into Kenan Stadium
With the 2016 NFL Draft in the books, several of the 47 Big Ten selections are being assigned their pro numbers. [ MORE: Round 1 Big Ten picks | Rounds 2-3 | Rounds 4-7 ] Check out the full list below. Missing numbers will be updated as they are announced. Know a missing player’s number? Please leave it as a comment at the bottom of this post. ROUND 1 3. Joey Bosa (Ohio State), Chargers – 99 4. Ezekiel Elliott (Ohio State), Cowboys – 21 8. Jack Conklin (Michigan State), Titans – 78 10. Eli Apple (Ohio State), Giants –
I dig into my Big Ten Mailbag to answer your questions about the Big Ten’s looming nine-game league schedule, Michigan State concerns and Iowa’s prospects in 2016, among other topics. Let’s go! With schools playing nine Big Ten games this year, how important will scheduling be in deciding outcomes this fall? – Larry Roehrkasse It will be big, as for the first time since 1984, Big Ten teams will have to a nine-game conference schedule. Teams from the East Division will host five conference home games during even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five conference home
BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his version of Illinois’ offseason to-do list.
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)
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
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
Friday night was a huge success for the Big Ten. [ MORE: Six former Big Ten stars selected in first round ] A total of 17 former Big Ten players were selected in the second and third rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday. There were six players from the conference picked in Thursday’s first round, which gives the Big Ten a total of 23 selections through the first two days of the draft. The SEC, considered by many to be the most dominant college football conference in the nation, had 22 picks through the first two days. We