Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, May 5, 2015

Ohio State did OK in the 2015 draft with five picks. says next year could rival 2004, when the Buckeyes set a record with 14 players drafted. It's possible Ohio State breaks its own record.

"No question Ohio State is a team that's going to be well represented at next year's draft," NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "There's so much talent, we could be talking about potentially double digit draft picks for the Buckeyes next year."

So, what does that mean for OSU on the field this season? Are another unbeaten season and national championship on the horizon?


Speaking of Michigan State, the success in the 2015 draft is more validation for the sterling program that Mark Dantonio is building.

"You don't get where we're at with Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl wins without great players," Dantonio said on a Monday morning teleconference. "The two go hand in hand.

"I counted up the number of players that will go into camps in the last two years, and that number is 17. There are also about 18 guys who have played in the NFL actively since we've come back to Michigan State in 2007."

Michigan State enjoyed its second-biggest NFL draft class of the Dantonio era over the weekend, with four players selected.


Minnesota?s Jerry Kill also has a lot to be proud of following the draft after four Gophers were picked this year.

Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says thinking ahead to 2016, the Gophers could have another wave of NFL picks with cornerbacks Eric Murray and Briean Boddy-Calhoun, safety Damarius Travis and linebacker De'Vondre Campbell among the senior possibilities. That talent could translate into a Big Ten West title in 2015.


Was there a more perfect player/team match in the recent NFL draft than Michigan?s Jake Ryan/Green Bay? Nope.


More satellite camp hoopla: Nebraska?s Mike Riley is in favor of them. You would be, too, if you coached on a fairly isolated campus.

"We can basically take ourselves to these places that are too far away from Lincoln for these kids to drive for unofficial visits very easily," Riley told the Lincoln Journal Star. "It gives the players an opportunity to work with you, maybe learn a little something in the camp, and maybe get a feel for if they want to play for Nebraska. All of a sudden, the player has a chance to be exposed to something new. It might end up being something that impacts his life."


Good Q&A with Illinois A.D. Mike Thomas in the Champaign News Gazette. Some of the facility changes coming for football are exciting.


The saga of Philip Nelson continues, as the ex-Gopher, ex-Scarlet Knight QB will now play at ? South Alabama.

According to, multiple schools expressed interest in Nelson after he was released from his Rutgers scholarship. Nelson's attorney said there had been interest from Fresno State, but the university withdrew its offer after news of a possible delay to the sentencing date. And a person familiar with Nelson's situation said Georgia and Ole Miss also showed interest last fall, but the SEC schools moved on as the legal process dragged.


What is the goal of new Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst? Build depth.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a nice position-by-position look at the Badgers, who look primed to win another Big Ten West title. Questions: O-line depth, playmakers at wideout and inside linebacker.


Has Tom Crean had the best offseason of any coach in the nation? Maybe.

Zach Osterman of notes that expectations among the IU fan base are sky high after Yogi Ferrell revealed he's returning for his senior year, coupled with the addition of McDonald's All American big man Thomas Bryant. And James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams-among others-also return. I love this team.


Who could win the 2016 NCAA hoops title?

The Spartans are among the offseason favorites to win the crown. Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina are also popular picks.


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