Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 22, 2015

Ohio State's DeVier Posey

If you want to be an NFL receiver, the places to go in the Big Ten are Michigan and Ohio State. Over the last 10 drafts, each school has had seven wideouts picked. No other Big Ten schools can match that production.

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The Buckeyes have seen Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn, Anthony Gonzalez, Roy Hall, Brian Robiskie, Brian Hartline and DeVier Posey get picked.

Michigan has had Braylon Edwards, Jason Avant, Steve Breaston, Mario Manningham, Adrian Arrington, Junior Hemingway and Jeremy Gallon get selected.

Wisconsin also has been pretty prolific with five wideouts picked. Not bad for a school that has built its reputation on a punishing ground game. Brandon Williams, Jonathan Orr, Paul Hubbard, Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis have been chosen in the draft since 2005.

Overall, the Big Ten has had 42 wideouts, including Maryland, Nebraska and Rutgers, selected in the last 10 drafts. Seven of those selections were first-rounders.

Here is a look at Big Ten wide receiver NFL draft leader board from 2005-14.

Michigan: 7

Ohio State: 7

Wisconsin: 5

Indiana: 4

Maryland: 3

Michigan State: 3

Penn State: 3

Rutgers: 3

Illinois: 2

Nebraska: 2

Iowa: 1

Minnesota: 1

Northwestern: 1

Purdue: 0


First-rounders: 7

Braylon Edwards, Michigan 3rd 2005/Browns

Darrius Heyward-Bey*, Maryland 7th 2009/Raiders

Ted Ginn, Ohio State 9th 2007/Dolphins

Santonio Holmes, Ohio State 25th 2006/Steelers

Kenny Britt*, Rutgers 30th 2009/Titans

A.J. Jenkins, Illinois 30th 2012/49ers

Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio State 32nd 2007/Colts

* Indicates player played before school joined the Big Ten

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