Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, September 24, 2015
College football is in full swing, which means it is time for ESPN football analyst Mel Kiper Jr. to begin releasing his NFL Draft Big Boards.
While Big Ten names littered draft boards heading into the 2015 college football season, it looks like Kiper is taking a new stance, listing only one Big Ten player in the top 10 of his latest big board.
That player is Ohio State DE Joey Bosa, who comes in at No. 2 overall on Kiper's list.
"Lining up all over, he's going to be used in multiple ways by the Buckeyes staff this year, and while maybe the numbers will be down a little, I don't expect the stock to fall based on what I see," Kiper said of Bosa in his article. "Bosa has size — he's 6-6, 275 pounds, and could play bigger — versatility that will fit any scheme and the ability to go around blockers or right through them. He has been a machine when it comes to tackles for loss, and will continue to get his share."
The next Big Ten player to appear on Kiper's board is Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who appears at No. 11.
Kiper lists four SEC players in his top 10, as well as two players from the Pac-12, two from Notre Dame, and one from the ACC. Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche is the top player on Kiper's updated board.
Overall, Kiper lists seven Big Ten players in his top 25 player rankings. See Kiper's full draft board here.
Here is a look at where those Big Ten prospects land:
2. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
11. Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
13. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
16. Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
22. Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
24. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
25. Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Other players to consider: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State; Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State; Vonn Bell, DB, Ohio State; Cardale Jones, QB, Ohio State; Anthony Zettel, DT, Penn State; Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska; Aldolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State.