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

Dec 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) points to the crowd against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Texans won 29-17. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

#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

Courtney Brown

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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Catch up with Thursday's Big Ten headlines

Connor Cook

Stephen Bardo's Top Returning Big Ten Basketball Players

Northwestern’s union vote will take place on Friday. Hard to really tell what will happen, but results of the vote may not be known for months as the NLRB hears the school’s appeal of it the players are employees. In the meantime, NU is taking no chances, as it has put on a full-court “no union” campaign.

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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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