Minnesota and Northwestern have had limited impact on the NFL draft recently; neither school had a player selected in the 2011 event and that’s likely to hold true in 2012.  Ohio State on the other hand was just one player shy of putting an even dozen into the first round since the 2006 event.  That will change as the way it looks now, no Buckeye will crack the top 35 picks next April.

Minnesota

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
FADa’Jon McKnightWR64SrReliable wide out best running underneath routes.
FAMarQueis GrayWR54JrNice sized athlete that showed skill at receiver last season. Expected to switch the quarterback this year.
FAGary TinsleyILB514SrUndersized yet explosive linebacker that gives effort.
FAMike RallisOLB264JrSmallish weak side prospect that makes plays sideline to sideline and shows skill in coverage.
FAKeanon CooperOLB44JrSmall yet very quick linebacker that covers a lot of area on the field and makes plays in every direction.
FAEric LairTE854SrPass catching tight end that lacks size, strength and downfield speed.
FADuane BennettRB225Sr
FATroy StoudermireWR114SrOne time highly rated pass catcher that can also help out as return specialist.
FADeLeon EskridgeRB234SrHard charging ball carrier that showed flashes of skill.  Has left the Minnesota program.

Northwestern

Round Full Name Pos #Yr Comments
FAVince BrowneDE945SrHard-working yet smallish defensive end who hustles around the field to make plays. Lacks size and elite speed.
FAQuentin WilliamsDE884JrAthletic college defensive end that shows the ability to make plays in every direction. Gets up the field. Lacks classic size and could make the transition to outside linebacker at the next level.
FADavid ArnoldS325SrTough run defending safety that also shows skill against the pass. Lacks great recovery speed yet may have enough ability to be used in a zone system.
FAJordan MabinCB264SrSmall quarterback with solid ball skills and potential in a zone system.
FANeal DeitersT794JrOne time highly rated prospect that was moved into a reserve role last season.
FAAl NetterT755SrSolid pass protecting left tackle who displays footwork and the ability to adjust to defenders.
FADan PersaQB74Srfearless college quarterback that is effective running the ball and throwing it. Lacks the measurable’s for the next level yet will get consideration in wildcat formations.
FADoug BartelsG645SrHighly rated prospect that moved into a reserve role last season.
FABen BurkettC655SrEfficient college center best as a position blocker. Very effective with shotgun snap.
FABrian PetersS105SrSolid zone safety constantly around the ball between the numbers.

Ohio State

Round Full Name Pos # Yr Comments
2ndDeVier PoseyWR84Srtremendously athletic receiver that makes spectacular plays on occasion. Runs solid routes, has a quick burst and wins out in battles. Possesses the physical skills to be a number two receiver in the NFL.
3rdDaniel HerronRB15Srquick, explosive ball carrier that can beat defenders into the open field then run to daylight. Creative running back that also alludes defenders and makes his own yardage.
3rdMike BrewsterC504SrTerrific blocker on the pivot with a complete understanding of the game. Plays with great quickness, intelligence and intensity. Outstanding with the shot gun snaps. Not a mauler but understands positioning and angles. Effective in motion.
4-5Mike AdamsT754SrUnderrated left tackle prospect that does not possess the great footwork yet consistently gets the job done.
5thZach BorenFB443JrTerrific lead blocker that can be dominant at the point of attack and is also a productive pass catcher out of the backfield.
5thJB ShugartsT764SrTough, slug-it-out right tackle prospect that does a nice job blocking with proper fundamentals.
FAJake StoneburnerTE114JrSolid pass catching tight end that always comes away with the difficult grab. Gives effort blocking yet lacks functional football strength.
FANathan WilliamsOLB434Sr
FAAndrew SweatOLB424SrIntense, hard-working linebacker with limited physical skills.
FAJohn SimonDT544SrUndersized yet workmanlike type of lineman that shows great explosion on the inside.
FAReid FragelTE883JrMarginal, one dimensional blocking tight end.