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Minnesota Vikings introduce ex-Michigan State CB Trae Waynes

The Minnesota Vikings introduced first-round pick Trae Waynes on Friday, one day after taking the former Michigan State cornerback with the No. 11 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. [ MORE: San Diego introduces ex-Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon ] Waynes, the first cornerback off the board and an All-Big Ten honoree in 2014, was introduced in a press conference in Minneapolis. The No. 11 pick signed autographs, posed for pictures with his new No. 26 jersey, and even held a Twitter Q&A with Minnesota fans. Check out more from Waynes’ arrival and introduction in Minnesota.

2015 NFL Draft: 12 Big Ten players taken in Rounds 2 & 3

The second day of the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books. A total of 12 former Big Ten stars were selected in the second day of the NFL Draft, with eight of them landing in the second round, and four in the third round.

Cardale Jones posts he's transferring to Akron as 'May Fools' joke

Everyone knows that April Fools Day, April 1, is a day dedicated to playing practical jokes on others. Well, on Friday afternoon, the Twitterverse was introduced to a new, fictitious holiday known as “May Fools.” [ MORE: Cardale Jones’ 74-yard throw highlights OSU halftime contests ] It all started when Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones almost shut down the internet by tweeting out that he was leaving OSU to transfer to Akron as a “May Fools” joke. Of course, Jones, who led the Buckeyes to a national championship this past season, is expected to compete with Braxton Miller and J.T.

NFL Draft: A look at Big Ten first-round picks since 2005

The Big Ten had three first-round picks last night to kick off the 2015 NFL Draft. That brings the Big Ten school’s total first-round picks to 57 in the last 11 drafts. Ohio State leads the way with 13 first-round picks, almost twice as many as No. 2 school Wisconsin which has had seven. On Thursday, Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff went No. 5 to the Redskins, Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes went No. 11 to the Vikings and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon went No. 15 to the Chargers. It is a bit of a surprise to see Illinois No.

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