Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, May 11, 2014

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.

Here?s a team of Big Ten players who went undrafted the previous three days but have signed free-agent deals-and could end up being stars.

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WR: Bennie Fowler, Michigan State (Broncos)

WR: Corey Brown, Ohio State (Panthers)

WR: Ryan Lankford, Illinois (Dolphins)

TE: Jacob Pedersen, Wisconsin (Falcons)

OL: Ryan Groy, Wisconsin (Bears)

OL: Connor Boffeli, Iowa (Vikings)

OL: Brett Van Sloten, Iowa (Ravens)

OL: Andrew Norwell, Ohio State (Panthers)

OL: Fou Fonoti, Michigan State (49ers)

QB: Kain Colter, Northwestern (Vikings)

RB: Stephen Houston, Indiana (Patriots)

NOTE: Colter was picked as a WR.


DL: Ethan Hemer, Wisconsin (Steelers)

DL: Tyler Scott, Northwestern (Vikings)

DL: Tyler Hoover, Michigan State (Colts)

LB: Denicos Allen, Michigan State (Panthers)

LB: James Morris, Iowa (Patriots)

LB: Glenn Carson, Penn State (Cardinals)

LB: Max Bullough, Michigan State (Texans)

DB: Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State (Bengals)

DB: Ciante Evans, Nebraska (TBA)

DB: C.J. Barnett, Ohio State (Giants)

DB: Tanner Miller, Iowa (Packers)


DL: Jason Ankrah, Nebraska (Texans)

K: Drew Basil, Ohio State (Falcons)

DL: Jibreel Black, Michigan (Steelers)

LB: Jonathan Brown, Illinois (Cardinals)

K: Jeff Budzien, Northwestern (Jaguars)

OL: Dan France, Michigan State (Bengals)

DL: Bruce Gaston, Purdue (Cardinals)

OT: Garry Gilliam, Penn State (Seahawks)

LB: Cameron Gordon, Michigan (Ravens)

DB: Thomas Gordon, Michigan (Giants)

OL: Adam Gress, Penn State (Steelers)

WR: Spencer Harris, Illinois (Saints)

S: Rob Henry, Purdue (Raiders)

LB: Aaron Hill, Minnesota (Rams)

WR: Kofi Hughes, Indiana (Redskins)

WR: Steve Hull, Illinois (Saints)

DE: Greg Latta, Purdue (Broncos)

WR: Rashad Lawrence, Northwestern (Redskins)

QB: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska (Eagles)

DB: Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, Penn State (TBA)

OL: Cole Pensick, Nebraska (Chiefs)

OL: Brent Qvale, Nebraska (Jets)

DL: Micajah Reynolds, Michigan State (Saints)

OL: Andrew Rodriguez, Nebraska (TBA)

DB: Mo Seisay, Nebraska (Lions)

OL: Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska (Chargers)

OL: Devin Smith, Purdue (Chargers)

DL: Fitz Toussaint, Michigan (Ravens)

DL: Quinton Washington, Michigan (Raiders)

TE: Evan Wilson, Illinois (Cowboys)

P: Cody Webster, Purdue (Steelers)

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