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When it comes to the NFL Draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. are the two biggest names in the game.
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When speaking to Darrell Hazell, it’s impossible not to be impressed with the third-year Purdue boss. Tough, unflappable, focused, goal-oriented and positive … always positive, even though Hazell has exactly one Big Ten victory in two seasons in West Lafayette. No matter, when Hazell says he is on track to succeed, you believe him.
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The Big Ten has had its share of quality tight ends in recent years. And the NFL has taken notice.
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The nation is abuzz over Jim Harbaugh’s arrival at Michigan. And Ohio State is coming off a national title behind Urban Meyer, while Michigan State has emerged as an elite program under Mark Dantonio. But keep an eye on Penn State and James Franklin in the uber-tough Big Ten East.
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The Big Ten likely will end its first-round drought in this year’s draft, as Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon looks primed to be a top selection. There also is an outside chance Indiana’s Tevin Coleman could go in the opening round in what is lauded by many as a deep collection of backs available nation-wide.
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It has been a slow, steady build at Illinois under Tim Beckman. He has made steady progress since arriving from Toledo and taking over the Illini in 2012, going 2-10 (0-8 Big Ten), 4-8 (1-7) and 6-7 (3-5) last season.