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NFL Draft: Which B1G player is the most NFL-ready?

Allen Robinson Hauls in Big Pass at Michigan 1-Yard Line

Big Ten football fans might want to catch Thursday’s NFL Draft as a flurry of Big Ten players are expected to come off the board early. Names such as Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard, Ryan Shazier, Ra’Shede Hageman, Bradley Roby, Allen Robinson and Cody Latimer have all appeared in the first round of various NFL Mock Drafts.

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The comparison game: B1G draft hopefuls to pros

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Russ Lande Talks 79th Annual NFL Draft

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The NFL draft is quickly approaching – May 8-10, to be exact – and it looks like there could be plenty of Big Ten love in the first round. We have all heard the names like Taylor Lewan, Darqueze Dennard and Ryan Shazier. We know their strengths, and we know their weaknesses.

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Dienhart: NFL draft Q&A with Mike Huguenin

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Russ Lande Talks 79th Annual NFL Draft

The NFL draft begins a week from today. The build up has been lengthy. The anticipation is great. Intrigue dominates the top picks, as no one is sure what the Houston Texans will be do with the No. 1 overall pick. The Big Ten has to hope this year’s draft is more productive than last year’s, which was largely forgettable.

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Yarina: These players will be missed the most

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Allen Robinson 65-Yard Touchdown

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As we should see in next month’s NFL draft, the Big Ten is losing some serious talent. From the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side, there are plenty of All-Big Ten honorees and superlative winners to replace. Which NFL-bound players will be missed the most? See my top candidates, listed in alphabetical order, in this post.

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Top Big Ten NFL-producing teams of last 5 years

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Kirk Cousins Press Conference

Remember, not so long ago, when Purdue was deemed the name “The Den of Defensive Ends” for producing a massive amount of top-notch defensive ends who went on to play in the NFL? Names like Rosevelt Colvin, Chike Okeafor, Shaun Phillips and Anthony Spencer struck fear in opposing Big Ten quarterbacks throughout the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

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NFL Draft: Big Ten's top 10 picks since 2009

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#BTNLive Talks About Russell Wilson

The Big Ten has churned out plenty of successful NFL football players over the years. Names like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Charles Woodson top the list of Big Ten football icons. But what about recent Big Ten stars who have made a splash in the NFL? Here is a list of my top 10 Big Ten draft picks over the past five years, counting down from No. 10 to No. 1. The criteria included a combination of on-field production, potential and exceptions based on where they were drafted. I state my case for each one.

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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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Catch up with Wednesday's Big Ten headlines

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Russ Lande Talks 79th Annual NFL Draft

Is there a more hip and social media savvy coach than Penn State’s James Franklin? Nope. Oh, but there are pros and cons. He discusses it here. Franklin’s embrace of social media is a stark contrast to Bill O’Brien, who abhorred it. In fact, as legend goes, O’Brien called Facebook “Spacebook.” So, there you go. It’s gonna be a blast to see where Franklin can take this Penn State program.

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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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#BTNLive asks: Who's your first NFL Draft pick?

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten social media polls for our weekday show #BTNLive. On tonight’s episode of #BTNLive at 6 p.m. ET, our experts Rick Pizzo, Stephen Bardo and Russell Lande discuss this question: Which Big Ten player would you select first in the NFL Draft?

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Six B1G players in first round of ESPN Mock Draft

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Darqueze Denard Interception

The snow has melted. Spring is here. And that means the much-anticipated NFL draft is just around the corner. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. released his most recent NFL Mock Draft 4.0 this week, and there is plenty of Big Ten love. Six Big Ten players appear in the first round of the mock draft, led by Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan, who he has going No. 6 overall to the Atlanta Falcons.

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Four B1G players make McShay's NFL Mock Draft

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Ra'Shede Hageman Combine Interview

With college football pro days in full swing across Big Ten universities, that can only mean one thing: The NFL Draft is fast approaching. ESPN’s Todd McShay recently released his updated 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0, which features four Big Ten standouts in the first round.

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NFL Combine Q&A: Charles Davis on Big Ten prospects

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Max Bullough Combine Interview

The NFL Combine wrapped up earlier this week. And the Big Ten was represented well as players tried to impress for the 2014 draft. I talked to NFL Network analyst Charles Davis to get his thoughts on some of the top Big Ten talent that was on display in Indianapolis. Last year, just one Big Ten player was selected in the first round when Wisconsin center Travis Frederick went at No. 31 to the Dallas Cowboys.

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#BTNLive asks: Who should go first in the NFL Draft?

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Russ Lande Talks B1G Defensive Prospects

If you’re on Twitter, you can vote in our ongoing series of Big Ten Twitter polls for our weekday TV show #BTNLive weekdays at 6 p.m. ET. On tonight’s show, our experts kick around an NFL Draft question: Who should be the first Big Ten football player taken in the 2014 NFL Draft?

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36 Big Ten prospects competing at NFL Combine

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Russ Lande's B1G Board (12/23/2013)

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It’s February, and the Super Bowl is over. But that doesn’t mean the NFL is finished. Up next is the Combine, which will take place in Indianapolis from February 22-25. The official invite list is out, which includes 85 underclassmen. As for schools, Ohio State and Wisconsin lead the way for the Big Ten with six invites each. Check it all out here.

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10 for Tuesday: Follow these Big Ten stories

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Shavon Shields on Big Win Over Ohio State

If Buckeyes fans aren’t feeling good today, we understand. That’s four losses in a row for Ohio State, which fell at Nebraska last night to a Cornhuskers’ squad that was 0-4 in the Big Ten. This is OSU’s longest losing skid since 2007-08.

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Dienhart: Big Ten to lose just 4 stars early to NFL draft

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Shazier Forces Safety

January 15 is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft. And, the Big Ten isn’t taking too many big hits, which would seem to bode well for the conference in 2014. Just four players have declared: Indiana WR Cody Latimer; Penn State WR Allen Robinson; Ohio State CB Bradley Roby; Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier.

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Ameer Abdullah returning for senior season

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Abdullah Gets the 4th Down Converstion

Following a memorable 24-19 win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl, Nebraska’s football program got some great news today. The Huskers’ talented running back Ameer Abdullah has announced that he will return for his senior season in 2014. The 1,600-yard rusher had the following to say in a statement released by the team Thursday.

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Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier to enter 2014 NFL Draft

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Ryan Shazier Sack

(AP) Ohio State junior linebacker Ryan Shazier has decided to give up his senior season to make himself available for the NFL draft. In a statement released by Ohio State, the first-team All-American said he just felt that this was “the perfect time” for him to move on.

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Miller, on 2014 NFL Draft: 'I don't have any timeline'

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Braxton Miller on NFL Draft

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Whether we’ve seen the last of Braxton Miller in an Ohio State uniform or not, he had a tremendous career in Columbus. Following Friday night’s 40-35 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Miller answered questions about his future. Will he come back to Ohio State? Or will he enter the 2014 NFL Draft? Miller said he will talk to his coaches and make a decision soon. As for a timeline, he told our Rick Pizzo, “Nah, I don’t have any timeline.” Watch our interview here.

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Merriman: Allen Robinson will shine in the NFL

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2013 Receiver of the Year: Allen Robinson

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He loves his teammates and he loves the game of football. If you’re an NFL team and that is important to you, then Allen Robinson is an ideal draft pick. He’s also 6-foot-3, has elite speed and can jump much higher than you, or anyone else reading this article. But it’s the other intangibles that are going to make Allen Robinson a successful NFL player.

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