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How Nebraska Compared to the Big Ten in the 2017 NFL Draft

May 04, 2017

Michigan – 11 total picks

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Pick 25, Round 1 (25) – S Jabrill Peppers
  • Pick 28, Round 1 (28) – DE Taco Charlton
Pick 10, Round 3 (74) – DE Chris Wormley
  • Pick 28, Round 3 (92) – CB Jourdan Lewis
  • Pick 31, Round 3 (95) – SS Delano Hill
  • Pick 42, Round 3 (106) – WR Amara Darboh
Pick 14, Round 4 (120) – ILB Ben Gedeon
Pick 32, Round 4 (138) – DT Ryan Glasgow
  • Pick 33, Round 4 (139) – WR Jehu Chesson
  • Pick 1, Round 5 (145) – TE Jake Butt
Pick 13, Round 6 (197) – CB Jeremy Clark

Michigan had the most athletes drafted in the Big Ten, warranting credit for both former coach Brady Hoke and current coach Jim Harbaugh. Through recruitment and development, Michigan’s 2017 draft class was impressive with all picks being made in the first five rounds.

Ohio State – 7 total picks

  • Pick 11, Round 1 (11) – CB Marshon Lattimore
  • Pick 15, Round 1 (15) – S Malik Hooker
  • Pick 24, Round 1 (24) – CB Gareon Conley
  • Pick 8, Round 2 (40) – WR Curtis Samuel
Pick 22, Round 2 (54) – LB Raekwon McMillan
  • Pick 6, Round 3 (70) – C Pat Elfein
  • Pick 21, Round 8 (239) – WR Noah Brown

While Ohio State ended up with four less picks than Michigan, the
Buckeyes still had the first Big Ten player drafted on Thursday.

Iowa – 4 total picks

  • Pick 40, Round 3 (104) – QB C.J. Beathard

  • Pick 2, Round 4 (109) – DT Jaleel Johnson

  • Pick 2, Round 5 (146) – TE George Kittle
  • Pick 7, Round 5 (151) – S Desmond King

Iowa had a good draft, sending four players to the NFL in the mid-rounds of the draft. That includes quarterback C.J. Beathard, who was the Big Ten’s only quarterback to be drafted.

Wisconsin – 3 total picks

  • Pick 30, Round 1 (30) – OLB T.J. Watt
  • Pick 32, Round 1 (32) – OT Ryan Ramczyk
  • Pick 1, Round 40 (108) – LB Vince Biegel

Another Watt in the NFL? Another Watt in the NFL.

Michigan State – 2 total picks

  • Pick 3, Round 2 (35) – DT Malik McDowell

  • Pick 17, Round 4 (123) – S Montae Nicholson

The Spartans held their own in the draft, sending two players – both from the defense – to the NFL.

Northwestern – 2 total picks

  • Pick 17, Round 5 (161) – LB Anthony Walker Jr.
  • Pick 2, Round 7 (220) – DL Ifeadi Odenigbo

The Big Ten did pretty well on the defensive side of the ball in the draft and Northwestern was no exception. The Wildcats sent two defensive players in the later rounds of the draft.

Only one player was drafted for six Big Ten programs, including Nebraska. It was split evenly between offense and defense, with two wide receivers, one offensive guard, one cornerback, one defensive end and one safety all being selected.

Here’s how those six schools looked:

Illinois – 1 total pick

  • Pick 4, Round 3 (68) – DE Dawuane Smoot

Indiana – 1 total pick

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Pick 7, Round 3 (71) – OG Dan Feeney

Penn State – 1 total pick

  • Pick 20, Round 3 (84) – WR Chris Godwin

Nebraska – 1 total pick

  • Pick 41, Round 5 (184) – S Nathan Gerry

Purdue – 1 total pick

  • Pick 32, Round 5 (175) – WR DeAngelo Yancey

Minnesota – 1 total pick

  • Pick 4, Round 7 (222) – CB Jalen Myrick

*Maryland and Rutgers did not have any players drafted.

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