The best way to describe Northwestern’s NFL draft success the last 10 years? Modest.
Few Big Ten schools can match the production that Nebraska has had in the NFL draft the last 10 years. The Cornhuskers have had 36 picks—almost four per draft. And the program also has had three first-rounders. The most prolific position has been defensive back with nine selections. The offensive line, defensive line and linebacker (each with six picks) also have been productive positions for producing pros in Lincoln. Nebraska will add to its impressive array of NFL draftees in 2016, with offensive tackle Alex Lewis, defensive tackles Vincent Valentine and Maliek Collins and fullback Andy Janovich most likely to
Minnesota hasn’t been a hot-bed for producing NFL talent the last 10 years with just 14 draft choices in that span. But that could change in coming years, beginning with this year’s draft. The Golden Gophers did not have any players drafted four times in the last 10 years—2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009. And check this out: The last time Minnesota had a quarterback drafted was 1972, when Craig Curry went in the 8th round. Minnesota could have a few picks in this year’s draft, highlighted by defensive backs Briean Boddy-Calhoun and Eric Murray. Linebacker De’Vondre Campbell also has a
Michigan State has been one of the Big Ten’s top programs in recent years, winning 11 or more games five times in the last six seasons. But the NFL draft doesn’t reflect that success. Instead, it reinforces the notion that Mark Dantonio and his staff have few peers when it comes to developing talent to fit their system. [ MORE: Watch the Michigan State spring game at 3 p.m. ET Saturday on BTN2Go ] The results are prodigious, with nine bowl trips including an appearance in the College Football Playoff last season under Dantonio, who routinely turns three-star recruits into
Michigan hasn’t won the Big Ten since 2004, but the program still has churned out some top talent over the past 10 seasons. The Wolverines have had a storied reputation for producing receivers—and that bears out in the numbers, as Michigan has seen seven wideouts picked since 2006. But where are all of the quarterbacks (one)? There was a time when this program churned out signal-callers, including the likes of Brian Griese, Tom Brady, Elvis Grbac, Chad Henne and Jim Harbaugh, among others. The absence of NFL running backs also is noticeable, as just two Wolverine backs have been selected
The NFL draft has not been kind to Maryland of late. To wit: The Terps have had a total of only eight players drafted in the last six years.
Iowa has seen a lot of success in the last 10 NFL drafts—especially along the trenches. And that success should continue in this year’s draft.
The draft pickings have been slim for Indiana over the last 10 years with just 12 selections. The Hoosiers didn’t have any selections in 2012 or 2013. And they also went pick-less in 2007 and 2009. And where are the linebackers? The last Hoosier LB picked was Van Waiters in 1988. The last time Indiana had a first-round pick? You have to go back to 1994, when wideout Thomas Lewis went No. 24 overall to the Giants. That could change this year, as offensive tackle Jason Spriggs could be a late first-round selection. The other Hoosiers most likely to be
When one thinks of Ohio State football, one often thinks of records, right? Well, the Buckeyes set yet another record today as five OSU players were invited to the 2016 NFL Draft, which will take place April 28-30 in Chicago at Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre. Eli Apple, Joey Bosa, Taylor Decker, Ezekiel Elliott and Darron Lee were all invited by the NFL to attend the draft. Alabama also had five players invited to the event in 2012. Here is a look at the 25 NFL Draft invites. CB Eli Apple, Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State DT Vernon Butler,
The NFL Draft is fast approaching, taking place in Chicago from April 28-30. So, let’s take a look at how Big Ten teams have fared in the last 10 drafts, from 2006-2015. First up is Illinois, which hasn’t had any selections in the last two drafts. It marked the first time in program history that it failed to have a player selected two years in a row. (The other low point was from 1970-72, when just one Illini was selected.) The Fighting Illini also had no picks in 2006. The best bets to be picked this year are defensive end