Thirty-three former Big Ten stars were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft last week, and now those players are picking their NFL numbers. See which numbers Big Ten names, listed in draft order, will wear inside.
With the 2018 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, several way-too-early 2019 NFL mock drafts are out. Ohio State rising junior Nick Bosa, the younger brother of Joey Bosa, highlights the Big Ten, going No. 1 in a pair of mock drafts we checked.
The Big Ten had 33 former stars selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. Following the final pick Saturday night, undrafted players began signing free-agent deals. See all of the Big Ten players who have inked free-agent deals below.
The 2018 NFL Draft is in the books, and 33 former Big Ten standouts were selected, paced by Penn State's Saquon Barkley (No. 2) and Ohio State's Denzel Ward (No. 4). Twenty-one Big Ten players were selected on the final day (Rounds 4-7).
Ohio State is a factory when it comes to producing defensive backs, having a Big Ten-high 14 selected since the 2008 draft. And almost half (six) of those selections have been first-rounders.
In the last 10 NFL drafts, Ohio State has had 13 linebackers picked. Who sits at No. 2? Tom Dienhart breaks down the last decade of linebackers picked from the Big Ten.
The Big Ten has had just 14 quarterbacks picked in the last 10 drafts. Four schools have had two selected: Iowa (Ricky Stanzi and C.J. Beathard), Michigan (Chad Henne and Jake Rudock), Michigan State (Kirk Cousins and Connor Cook) and Northwestern (Mike Kafka and Trevor Siemian).
When it comes to having tight ends drafted, no Big Ten school can match Iowa. The Hawkeyes have had four tight ends picks since 2008: Brandon Myers in the sixth round in 2009 to the Raiders; Tony Moeaki to the Chiefs in 2010; C.J. Fiedorowicz in 2014 to the Texans; George Kittle in 2017 to the 49ers.
When it comes to producing running backs recently, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin lead the way in the Big Ten, with each having four picked since the 2008 NFL draft.
Penn State traditionally is known as “Linebacker U.” But you also can think about it as “Defensive Line U,” as the Nittany Lions have had more d-linemen picked than any other Big Ten school in the last 10 NFL drafts. Penn State has had nine defensive linemen taken since 2008, including two first-rounders: Aaron Maybin in 2009 and Jared Odrick in 2010. Michigan is just one behind the Nittany Lions with eight defensive linemen selected in the last 10 NFL drafts, including two first-rounders: Brandon Graham was tabbed in the first round in 2010 and Taco Charlton in 2017. Iowa