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On Sunday night, BTN aired a feature on former Michigan State standout Darqueze Dennard, who was selected in the first round of this week’s NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. The feature gives fans an inside look at Dennard’s rise from Twiggs County High School to the NFL. Watch the complete feature in this post.
The Big Ten had 30 players taken in the just completed NFL draft. But plenty of good players go undrafted every year and end up making NFL rosters and often having good careers. Some notables: Kurt Warner, Tony Romo, John Randle, Priest Holmes and Wes Welker.
The 2014 NFL draft is in the books. And, the Big Ten was well-represented. Things got off to a good start on Thursday during the first round, when the Big Ten had four picks.
The Big Ten’s four first-round NFL draft picks all visited their new teams Friday. Taylor Lewan, Ryan Shazier, Darqueze Dennard and Bradley Roby visited with team brass, toured team facilities and met the media. Get a look at the players’ first trips to their new homes in this post.
The first round of the NFL draft was Thursday night, so, to little surprise, the 2015 mock drafts have hit the internet. Lostlettermen.com posted its 2015 NFL Draft Big Board, and the site pegs five Big Ten players for the first round. Defensive ends Randy Gregory (Nebraska) and Shilique Calhoun (Michigan State) headline the Big Ten at No. 4 and No. 7, respectively.
The Big Ten had just one way to go after producing only one selection in the first round of last year’s NFL draft: up. Last night, the Big Ten had four picks, with Michigan OT Taylor Lewan leading the way at No. 11 to the Titans. Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier went No. 15 to Pittsburgh, followed by Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard at No. 24 to Cincinnati and Ohio State CB Bradley Roby at No. 31 to Denver.
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College football fans need not be reminded of Jadeveon Clowney’s helmet-dislodging hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl. People still talk about the hit – even Michigan fullback Joe Kerridge’s mother. You see, after Taylor Lewan was drafted No. 11 in the NFL draft on Thursday night, Kerridge’s mom texted Joe.
Last year, the Big Ten had one first-round pick. Things went better last night in what was a good first night at the NFL draft for the Big Ten with four selections. Ohio State led the way with two picks. The first Big Ten player off the board? Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. He also was the third OT tabbed, going No. 11 to Tennessee.
Four former Big Ten stars were selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday night. Michigan T Taylor Lewan was the first Big Ten product off the board, going No. 11 to Tennessee. See all of the Big Ten’s first-round picks in this post. The draft continues Friday and ends Saturday.
The Big Ten should be well-represented in tonight’s first round of the NFL draft. Colleague Sean Merriman pointed out in a recent piece for BTN.com that by almost every draft expert’s estimation, as many as five Big Ten players could hear their names called tonight.
Big Ten football fans have plenty to be excited about at the NFL draft. By almost every expert’s estimation, there should be at least five Big Ten prospects selected in the opening round of the draft, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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The 2014 NFL Draft gets underway Thursday night, so the BTN.com team decided to host its own Big Ten football mock draft. The rules: Only Big Ten NFL draft prospects are eligible, and every manager must draft one of the following positions: QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, ILB, OLB, CB, S.
It’s almost here. Thursday night, the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off its three-day event with the first round. Before the picks start trickling in, however, #BTNLive will provide one final look at the Big Ten’s prospects at 6 p.m. ET tonight. Our experts will also debate the following question: Which Big Ten player could be the biggest “Diamond in the Rough” in the NFL Draft?
The NFL draft kicks off Thursday evening, and it’s time to take a look at what NFL teams can expect from some of the top Big Ten prospects in this year’s draft class. Here is a list of 10 superlatives to get you ready for the much-anticipated NFL Draft.
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Le’Veon Bell, Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt. All three are former Big Ten standouts, and all three are current stars in the NFL. With the 2014 NFL Draft starting Thursday night, I was wondering if there any future NFL stars in this year’s Big Ten draft class? If so, how does this year’s class compare to recent Big Ten classes?
The Big Ten is set to make a splash in this week’s NFL Draft, which will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday at Radio City Music Hall. ESPN NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has six Big Ten prospects being selected in his most recent mock draft.
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 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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.