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?
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
January is here. College football has come to a close and your hometown NFL team has already been bounced from the postseason. So, what can you focus on now to get your daily dose of NFL and college football news?
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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.
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.
(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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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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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.
Penn State first-team All-America wide receiver Allen Robinson will enter the 2014 National Football League Draft. The 2012 and 2013 Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year, Robinson earned seven All-America honors after a stellar 2013 season. The standout junior was selected a first-team All-American by CBSSports.com, Sporting News and Phil Steele’s College Football, a second-team honoree by the FWAA, SI.com and Athlon Sports and a third-team honoree by the Associated Press.
Snow is falling on the ground and college football bowl games are still several days away. With that said, our friends over at ESPN took this opportunity to put together their first 2014 NFL Mock Draft of the year.
Sure, it’s only mid-November, but whenever ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. releases his initial NFL Draft Board, both college and NFL football fans across the nation take notice. Kiper Jr. recently released his updated big board, which features three Big Ten stars on it. Michigan senior OT Taylor Lewan headlines the list at No. 16 overall.
The 2013 NFL draft wasn’t kind to the Big Ten. Just 22 players were selected—the fewest since 1994. Just one pick came in the first round, as the selection of Wisconsin center Travis Frederick No. 31 overall by the Cowboys was considered to be a massive reach by anyone with Internet access and a mock draft. But, fear not: The 2014 NFL draft should be much more fruitful for the Big Ten. Check out this way, way, WAY early mock draft from SI.com.
Twenty-two Big Ten products were selected in last week’s NFL draft. Now, it’s time for the players to start picking out their jersey numbers. See a list of the Big Ten’s drafted players and their new uniform numbers in this post. This list will be updated as more numbers become official.
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Twenty-two Big Ten products were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft this past weekend. Since the draft ended Sunday, several undrafted Big Ten stars have gone on to sign free-agent contracts, as well. See all the signings here. Before we officially close the door on these players’ college careers, we wanted to relive several of their features from “The Journey: 2012 Big Ten Football.”
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The Big Ten had just 22 players picked in the 2013 draft, but many others recently signed free-agent deals. And there are some good players. Here is an All-Undrafted Big Ten football team, with the team that each player signed with in brackets.
The Big Ten had just seven players selected through the first three rounds of the NFL draft. The league almost equaled that total with five picks in the fourth round. And so it went on the final day of the draft, when rounds four through seven were conducted on what was a big day for the Big Ten with 15 picks. The headline pick was Michigan’s Denard Robinson, who went with the second pick of the fifth round (135th overall). Four other Big Ten players were selected before him today, but Robinson was the big name many had been waiting to hear.
The second and third rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft were more kind to the Big Ten than the first round when only Wisconsin center Travis Frederick was chosen No. 31 overall by the Dallas Cowboys. On Friday night, six Big Ten players were picked – and there are plenty of good players left for Saturday’s final day of the draft.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick No. 31 overall in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday night. The 6-foot-4, 338-pound offensive lineman is the latest in a long line of pro products for the Badgers, who have sent 14 other offensive linemen to the NFL since 2000.