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NFL Draft history: Big Ten stunners & surprises

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Russ Lande Talks 79th Annual NFL Draft

Talent evaluation is a dicey proposition. Even with all of the resources that NFL teams have to learn about college players—the NFL Combine, interviews, on-campus workouts, an army of scouts, reels of video—teams still can mess up a pick or stumble into a pleasant surprise.

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NFL Draft: Where could Big Ten prospects land?

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Ryan Shazier Talks NFL Draft

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As dominant as both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were last season, no team in the NFL is perfect. Every organization has a need somewhere, and that is where the NFL Draft comes into play. Some of those needs will be filled by former Big Ten standouts such as Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard and Ryan Shazier. But where will these budding stars call home?

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Dienhart: My top 10 Big Ten NFL draft prospects

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Darqueze Dennard Interception

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We are inching closer to the NFL draft. And the Big Ten can only hope the 2014 draft is more fruitful than the 2013 draft. The Big Ten had just one first-round pick in 2013—and it didn’t come until No. 31 overall, when the Cowboys tabbed Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.

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Ex-Spartans FB proposes before MLB first pitch

There was another public Big Ten proposal Sunday. One week after former Nebraska OL Jeremiah Sirles popped the question at the team’s spring game and just about two months after Mike Peltz did the same on Nebraska senior night, former Michigan State fullback Todd Anderson asked his girlfriend, Katie Hoff, the two-time Olympic swimmer, to marry him Sunday.

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