Brent Yarina, Senior Editor, April 28, 2012

The 2012 NFL Draft came to a close Saturday night. Forty-one former Big Ten stars were selected during the three-day event in New York, including four first-rounders: Iowa's Riley Reiff, Illinois' Whitney Mercilus, Wisconsin Kevin Zeitler and Illinois' A.J. Jenkins. Mercilus and Jenkins were the first of four Illini drafted in the first 48 picks. Even more impressive, four of the Big Ten's first six players off the board were Illini. Catch up on the entire draft with's Draft Tracker and see all the Big Ten picks in this post.

No. 23: Iowa OT Riley Reiff, Detroit Lions
No. 26: Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus, Houston Texans
No. 27: Wisconsin G Kevin Zeitler, Cincinnati Bengals
No. 30: Illinois WR A.J. Jenkins, San Francisco 49ers

No. 44: Illinois G Jeff Allen, Kansas City Chiefs
No. 48: Illinois S Tavon Wilson, New England Patriots
No. 51: Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy, Green Bay Packers
No. 53: Penn State DT Devon Still, Cincinnati Bengals
No. 55: Wisconsin C Peter Konz, Atlanta Falcons
No. 56: Ohio State OT Mike Adams, Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 58: Nebraska LB Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

No. 68: Ohio State WR DeVier Posey, Houston Texans
No. 75: Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
No. 82: Michigan DT Mike Martin, Tennessee Titans

No. 102: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
No. 121: Michigan State WR Keshawn Martin, Houston Texans
No. 122: Wisconsin WR Nick Toon, New Orleans Saints
No. 126: Nebraska DT Jared Crick, Houston Texans
No. 132: Iowa DE Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers

No. 141: Iowa G Adam Gettis, Washington Redskins
No. 149: Penn State G Johnnie Troutman, San Diego Chargers
No. 153: Purdue OT Dennis Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles
No. 156: Iowa CB Shaun Prater, Cincinnati Bengals
No. 157: Wisconsin FB Bradie Ewing, Atlanta Falcons
No. 158: Penn State DE Jack Crawford, Oakland Raiders

No. 180: Michigan State S Trenton Robinson, San Francisco 49ers
No. 183: Michigan State WR B.J. Cunningham, Miami Dolphins
No. 191: Ohio State RB Dan Herron, Cincinnati Bengals
No. 194: Iowa WR Marvin McNutt, Philadelphia Eagles
No. 195: Purdue OT Nick Mondek, Houston Texans
No. 197: Ohio State S Nate Ebner New England Patriots
No. 207: Wisconsin P Brad Nortman, Carolina Panthers

No. 217: Iowa CB Jordan Bernstine, Washington Redskins
No. 224: Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard, New England Patriots
No. 227: Michigan C David Molk, San Diego Chargers
No. 230: Penn State LB Nate Stupar, Oakland Raiders
No. 233: Northwestern TE Drake Dunsmore, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 234: Nebraska T Marcel Jones, New Orleans Saints
No. 235: Northwestern WR Jeremy Ebert, New England Patriots
No. 238: Michigan WR Junior Hemingway, Kansas City Chiefs
No. 250: Michigan State RB Edwin Baker, San Diego Chargers

6: Iowa; Michigan State; Wisconsin
4: Illinois; Nebraska; Ohio State; Penn State
3: Michigan
2: Northwestern; Purdue

8: WR
5: OT
4: DT; G
3: CB; DE; S
2: C; LB; QB; RB
1: FB; P; TE

Kirk Cousins phones in during Michigan State spring game to talk NFL draft:

Jerel Worthy talks about being drafted by Green Bay:

Riley Reiff
Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Whitney Mercilus
Kevin Zeitler
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A.J. Jenkins

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