Seven former Big Ten football players were selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, which is the highest number of Big Ten draftees since 2006. Ohio State claimed the first three Big Ten selections, followed by two from Michigan and two from Wisconsin to close out the first round.
Last year Ohio State dominated the draft, but look for Michigan to represent the Big Ten with the most picks in this weekend's 2017 NFL Draft.
The 2017 NFL Draft starts Thursday night in Philadelphia, and several Big Ten talents are expected to be selected in the first round. Check out where former Big Ten stars land in mock drafts on the eve of the draft inside.
When you think of Wisconsin, you think of an offense built around a punishing rushing attack led by mammoth offensive linemen. And those “big uglies” that pave the way have been the players picked most often in the last 10 NFL drafts, as 10 offensive linemen have been selected.
The 2017 NFL Draft begins on Thursday in Philadelphia. And, many Big Ten players will be selected. After surveying the mock draft of CBSSports.com, here is a ranking of the Top 50 Big Ten NFL draft prospects.
With the 2017 NFL Draft set to kick off Thursday in Philadelphia, let’s take a look at which Big Ten schools have produced the most picks at each position over the last 10 NFL drafts.
Recent drafts haven’t been fruitful for Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights have had just three players picked in the last three years. Just one RU player was tabbed last year; none were picked in 2014.
Purdue has struggled the last four years, winning just nine games. And, those struggles have been mirrored in the NFL draft over that span, as just four Boilermakers have been taken since 2013.
Several pieces of Penn State's core of defending Big Ten champions are sticking around in State College, but you'll see some new Nittany Lions in the NFL next year, as well. We have footage from "The Journey" on a couple of them.
Penn State has been a pipeline to the pros over the years, so Tom Dienhart took a look at the Nittany Lions' 10-year NFL Draft snapshot.