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Anonymous NFL scout: Ohio State DB Eli Apple 'can't cook'

The 2016 NFL Draft starts Thursday night in Chicago. With only hours remaining before Roger Goodell takes the stage, the always-present anonymous sources are spewing the usual negative comments, many of which are laughable. The latest: One anonymous scout questioning Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple’s life skills, going as far as to say that he “can’t cook.” Read more about Apple’s scouting report here. If true, what exactly does it have to do with Apple’s ability to cover a receiver, make an open-field tackle or be a good teammate? Nothing at all. And, based on the Twitter reaction to

Here's a look at Purdue in the last 10 NFL drafts

Purdue has had some surprising success in the last 10 NFL drafts, with 19 overall selections and three first-round picks. Not bad for a program that has been to just four bowls in the last 10 years and none since 2012. Linemen have been the most common picks, with seven coming on defense and five on offense. The Boilermakers’ ability to produce defensive ends/outside linebackers has been remarkable, with the likes of Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Cliff Avril, Ray Edwards, Rob Ninkovich and Ryan Russell coming off the board in recent years. Purdue is billed as the “cradle of quarterbacks”

Dienhart: 5 things I learned in Wisconsin spring game

Wisconsin is aiming to get back to the summit in the Big Ten West. But there is work to do as Paul Chryst begins his second season in Madison coming off a 10-3 debut and second-place finish in the West. [ MORE: Watch replay of the Wisconsin spring game on BTN2Go ] Key personnel is gone. And the coaching staff has been impacted with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda leaving for the same post at LSU. Chryst tabbed Justin Wilcox from USC to take over. How will that impact the defense, which was excellent under Aranda? Having a healthy Corey Clement

Big Ten links: 2016 NFL Draft notes, Greg Oden's new role & more

The NFL draft starts on Thursday. And, know this: Michigan State’s Connor Cook won’t be intimidated, according to Mark Dantonio. “Connor will not be intimidated in the NFL — he won’t,” Dantonio said following the team’s banquet. “When you play on the big stages we’ve played on, the next stage is just another stage. “Connor makes plays, he’s got great touch on the ball, he throws guys open, he has good arm strength and he studies. No one is perfect, but I think he’s resilient.” How high will Cook be picked? Second round? Third round? Later? *** More draft: The

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Video: Relive some of BTN's previous NFL draft profiles

The 2016 NFL Draft is Thursday-Sunday in Chicago, marking the second consecutive year that the highly anticipated event will call the Big Ten’s backyard home. [ MORE: Get all of our 2016 NFL Draft coverage ] This draft figures to be a big one for the Big Ten, in particular perennial power Ohio State. The Buckeyes could flirt with a pair of modern day draft records: most first-round picks (6; Miami in 2004) and most overall picks (14; Ohio State in 2004). With the draft just a couple of days away, we wanted to share and relive some previous BTN

Here's a look at Penn State in the last 10 NFL drafts

The NFL draft has been good to Penn State the last 10 years, as the Nittany Lions have produced 39 picks. The program has lived up to its billing as “Linebacker U,” producing nine picks at that storied position in State College, Pennsylvania. No other position has produced as many NFL picks over the last 10 years for PSU. The Nittany Lions also have been fertile on both lines and in the defensive backfield. The offensive skill spots? Not so productive. Christian Hackenberg will be the first Penn State QB picked since Wally Richardson in 1997. In addition to Hackenberg,

Photo: Check out these Michigan Jordan brand concept uniforms

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2016 NFL Draft Feature: Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

Jack Conklin didn’t expect to be here. With no Division I scholarship out of Plainwell High School in Plainwell, Michigan, Conklin has defied odds en route to becoming one of the Big Ten’s premier offensive lineman and a likely first round NFL draft pick. Here he is, though, just days away from being a high pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, which starts with the first round Thursday night in Chicago. Before Conklin hears his name called in Chicago, BTN host Mike Hall profiles the former Michigan State walk-on-turned-star’s story, one that would make a great movie script. Watch the