Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, March 28, 2015

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The NFL Draft is just over a month away, running from April 30-May 2 in Chicago. So, let?s take a look at how Big Ten teams have fared in the last 10 drafts, from 2005-2014.

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First up is Illinois, which may not have any selections in this year?s draft. The best bet to be picked figures to be safety Zane Petty. And he looks like a long shot.

The Fighting Illini have produced some top talent in the last decade-thank you, Ron Zook-with five first-round selections. But Illinois had no picks in 2006 or 2014. On average, Illinois has had 2.3 players picked each year. Sounds about right when you consider this program has been to just four bowls in the last 10 seasons.

Illinois has had no quarterbacks picked the last decade, the only position not represented (not counting specialists). But that may change when Wes Lunt enters the draft. He?ll be a junior in 2015.


Highest pick: DT Corey Liuget, No. 18 overall/Chargers, 2011

Most fertile draft: 4 picks in 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010

Total first-round selections: 5

Total picks: 23

Position breakdown:

  • Offensive line: 5
  • Defensive back: 5
  • Linebacker: 4
  • Defensive line: 4
  • Running back: 2
  • Receiver: 2
  • Tight end: 1



Second Round: DB Kelvin Hayden, Colts

Fourth Round: C Duke Preston, Bills




Seventh Round: CB Alan Ball, Cowboys


First Round: RB Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers


First Round: DB Vontae Davis, Dolphins

Fifth Round: OT Xavier Fulton, Buccaneers

Sixth Round: LB Will Davis, Cardinals


Second Round: WR Arrelious Benn, Buccaneers

Third Round: G Jon Asamoah, Chiefs

Fifth Round: TE Michael Hoomanawanui, Rams

Seventh Round: NT Josh Brent, Cowboys


First Round: DT Corey Liuget, Chargers

Second Round: RB Mikel Leshoure, Lions

Third Round: LB Martez Wilson, Saints

Seventh Round: LB Nate Bussey, Saints


First Round: LB Whitney Mercilus, Texans

First Round: WR A.J. Jenkins, 49ers

Second Round: OT Jeff Allen, Chiefs

Second Round: FS Tavon Wilson, Patriots


Third Round: G Hugh Thornton, Colts

Fourth Round: DT Akeem Spence, Buccaneers

Fifth Round: CB Terry Hawthorne, Steelers

Seventh Round: DE Michael Buchanan, Patriots



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