Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 30, 2015

No Big Ten school has produced defensive backs like Ohio State over the past 10 years. Since the 2005 draft, the Buckeyes have had 12 defensive backs taken with a league-high three of those coming in the first round–Donte Whitner in 2006; Malcolm Jenkins in 2009; Bradley Roby in 2014.

Nebraska is right behind Ohio State with 11 picks, including two first-rounders: Prince Amukamara in 2011 and Fabian Washington in 2005.

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The Big Ten has had 70 defensive backs picked, with 10 first-round selections, over the last 10 years.

Michigan State?s Trae Waynes figures to be a first-round pick this year. Other Big Ten defensive backs who likely will be tabbed are Ohio State?s Doran Grant, Northwestern?s Ibraheim Campbell, Penn State?s Adrian Amos and Michigan State?s Kurtis Drummond, among others.

Here is a look at the Big Ten defensive back NFL draft leader board from 2005-14.

  • Ohio State: 12
  • Nebraska: 11
  • Iowa: 8
  • Maryland: 6
  • Rutgers: 6
  • Michigan State: 5
  • Illinois: 4
  • Michigan: 4
  • Penn State: 4
  • Wisconsin: 3
  • Indiana: 2
  • Minnesota: 2
  • Purdue: 2
  • Northwestern: 1


First-rounders (10)

  • DB Donte Whitner, Ohio State 8th Bills/2006
  • CB Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State 14th Saints/2009
  • CB Leon Hall, Michigan 18th Bengals/2007
  • CB Prince Amukamara, Nebraska 19th Giants/2011
  • CB Fabian Washington, Nebraska 23rd Raiders/2005
  • CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State 24th Bengals/2014
  • DB Vontae Davis, Illinois 25th Dolphins/2009
  • CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers 27th Patriots/2010
  • DB Marlin Jackson, Michigan 29th Colts/2005
  • CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State 31st Broncos/2014


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