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NFL Draft: A look at the Big Ten players still on the board

Just three Big Ten schools had players picked in the opening round of the draft, with Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin being represented. When could other schools see their first player picked? Here is a look at the player most likely to be picked first (or next) from each Big Ten school over the next two days of the draft. You can track the draft at FoxSports.com. Illinois: TE Matt LaCosse, 7th round-FA Indiana: RB Tevin Coleman, 2nd-3rd round Iowa: DT Carl Davis, 2nd-3rd round Maryland: WR Stefon Diggs, 3rd-4th round Michigan: WR Devin Funchess, 3rd-4th round Michigan State: RB

Big Ten links: NFL Draft news & a scholarship offer for an 8th-grader?

The Big Ten had three first-round picks, as Iowa T/G Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, then Michigan State CB Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings, and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. I was a bit surprised to see Scherff go so high, but he’s a safe pick, and he is very good. Waynes went about where I thought he would as did Gordon. But I thought Gordon would be the first back taken. He wasn’t, as the St. Louis Rams took Georgia’s Todd Gurley at No. 10. Remember when Nebraska DE Randy Gregory

Twitter: Top reactions to Big Ten players selected in first round

The opening day of the NFL Draft saw three former Big Ten standouts get selected. [ MORE: Three former Big Ten players selected in Round 1 ] Brandon Scherff was selected No. 5 overall by the Washington Redskins, while Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Minnesota Vikings and Melvin Gordon No. 15 to the San Diego Chargers. Former and current Big Ten football players were active on Twitter throughout the draft, sending congratulatory tweets to their former teammates. Check out all the top Twitter reactions from the first round of the NFL Draft here. Brandon Scherff: *** Trae Waynes:

Kyle Flood Q&A: 'I thought we made a good first impression'

By many measuring sticks, Rutgers’ Big Ten debut was a success in 2014. Credit coach Kyle Flood. [ MORE: Miss Rutgers’ spring game? Watch the replay on BTN2Go ] The fourth-year boss of the Scarlet Knights guided the program to an 8-5 overall record and a 3-5 Big Ten mark that saw Rutgers beat Washington State, Navy, Michigan, Maryland and North Carolina, among others, en route to taking RU to a bowl for the third season in a row. The 44-year-old Flood has a 23-16 mark as the coach of the Scarlet Knights as he looks to push the program

How have Big Ten defensive backs fared in last 10 drafts?

No Big Ten school has produced defensive backs like Ohio State over the past 10 years. Since the 2005 draft, the Buckeyes have had 12 defensive backs taken with a league-high three of those coming in the first round–Donte Whitner in 2006; Malcolm Jenkins in 2009; Bradley Roby in 2014. Nebraska is right behind Ohio State with 11 picks, including two first-rounders: Prince Amukamara in 2011 and Fabian Washington in 2005. [MORE: Read all of our Big Ten NFL Draft coverage. ] The Big Ten has had 70 defensive backs picked, with 10 first-round selections, over the last 10 years. Michigan

NFL Draft: Stacking this year's Big Ten draft class up against past years

With the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft set to kick off tonight, several Big Ten players are expected to hear their names called in the opening round, including the likes of Brandon Scherff, Trae Waynes and Randy Gregory. This year’s Big Ten draft class is loaded with talent, but how does it stack up to recent Big Ten classes? Here is a position-by-position breakdown of the top Big Ten prospects in this year’s NFL Draft and a look at how they compare to the past four Big Ten NFL draft classes. Top-ranked Big Ten prospects in this year’s draft

Big Ten links: Commissioner Delany defends football satellite camps

In Thursday's Big Ten links, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talked to reporters at the College Football Playoff spring meetings about the satellite camps this week. "I view it as permissible practice," Delany said. Also, get some last minute Big Ten updates before tonight's NFL Draft

BTN LiveBIG: Golden Gophers host football camp for kids with serious illnesses

For a child with cancer, it’s a dream come true: stepping out on to a gridiron, catching a pass on a slant route and running it into the end zone for six. That’s the kind of thing participants experience at the University of Minnesota football team’s annual Youth Camp. Hosted in partnership with nonprofit organization HopeKids, more than 100 children who have cancer and other serious illnesses participate in a light football practice and interact with Golden Gopher players. “The players pass to the kids, and they dive and jump on a cushion like they’re making a winning touchdown —