The Big Ten placed three players in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, including a pair if prospects from Illinois.  There’s a distinct possibility the conference doubles the number of players selected in the first round next April, with still another pair coming from Illinois. Posted: All Big Ten Schools

Illinois

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1st Akeem Spence DT 94 4Jr Potentially dominant defensive lineman that has shown immense skill the past two years. Athletic, explosive and offers the ability to be used in a variety of NFL systems.
1-2 Terry Hawthorne CB 1 4Sr Terrific cornerback with the ability to shutdown opponents. Offers starting potential for the next level and a potential number one cornerback.
1-2 Michael Buchanan DE 99 4Sr Athletic college defensive end with nice length and movement skills. Could eventually develop into a defensive lineman for the next level and will also get looks standing up over tackle in a 34.
3rd Jonathan Brown OLB 45 3Jr Hard-working yet undersized middle linebacker with a nose for the football.
5th Graham Pocic C 76 5Sr Tough, strong center with both size and strength. Better in a small area and struggles moving on his feet.
5th Hugh Thornton G 72 4Sr Athletic lineman with a developing game. Has an upside and could make a big move up draft boards.
FA Glenn Foster DT 47 5Sr Tough, competitive interior defensive lineman with limited size. Will have a place at the next level as a backup.
FA Evan Wilson TE 89 3Jr Athletic tight end that showed flashes yet must develop a complete game.
FA Nathan Scheelhaase QB 2 4Jr Solid college quarterback with marginal physical skills for the next level.

Indiana

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
5th Larry Black Jr DT 97 5Sr Fiery one gap defensive tackle that’s tough to move off the point. More of a space eater than playmaker.
FA Will Matte C 60 5Sr
FA Adam Replogle DT 98 4Sr Tough, hard-working defender with limited physical skills.
FA Ted Bolser TE 84 4Jr Relatively athletic tight end who is out of place in Indiana’s offensive system.

Iowa

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
5th James Morris ILB 44 3Jr Tough, run defending linebacker that shows ability in pursuit or making plays outside the box.
5th Micah Hyde CB 18 4Sr Developing cornerback that flashes skills. Highly rated by NFL scouts though we feel he’s slightly overrated.
6th Tanner Miller S 5 3Jr Solid straight line safety best between the numbers.
7th Brad Rogers FB 38 4Jr Terrific lead blocker that opens up big holes for the ball carrier at the line of scrimmage or on the second level.
7-FA Christian Kirksey OLB 20 3Jr Explosive and athletic linebacker with size limitations.
FA Keenan Davis WR 6 4Sr
FA James Vandenberg QB 16 5Sr Solid short and intermediate passing quarterback with a nice feel for the position.

Michigan

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1-2 Taylor Lewan T 77 4Jr King sized left tackle with solid movement skills and flexibility. May be better off on the right side but comes with a large upside.
3-4 Patrick Omameh G 65 5Sr Athletic, explosive guard the turns defenders off the line of scrimmage and shows tremendous skill blocking in motion. Must learn to finish blocks but has an upside.
3-4 J.T. Floyd CB 12 5Sr Explosive cornerback that flashes the ability to shutdown opponents. Sized well.
4th Fitzgerald Toussaint RB 28 4Jr Quick, creative ball carrier that also excels catching the ball out of the backfield.
4th Denard Robinson WR 16 4Sr Tremendous athlete that beats opponents with his arm or legs. Does not have the skills to be a quarterback in the NFL yet could be an Antwaan Randle El. type.
4th Craig Roh DE 88 4Sr Tall, athletic defender who can rush the passer out of a three-point stance or stand up over tackle. Was disappointing last season after a tremendous campaign in 2010.
5th Kenny Demens ILB 25 5Sr Stout, run defending linebacker with a terrific head for the ball. Very good in the box or up the field. Comes off a slightly disappointing junior season.
6th Michael Schofield G 75 4Jr Large, strong lineman with growth potential. Offers possibilities at both guard and tackle yet needs to improve his playing balance and finish his game.
7th Jordan Kovacs S 32 5Sr Run defending safety best between the numbers. Special teams prospect.
FA Roy Roundtree WR 12 5Sr Quick, elusive slot receiver type that must show more consistency in his game. Almost a non-factor last season after turning in a tremendous campaign in 2010.
FA Rocko Khoury C 63 5Sr Underrated backup with good size, strength and explosion. Left the Michigan program in the spring.

Michigan State

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
2-3 Dion Sims TE 80 4Jr Terrific tight end prospect that looks like an offensive lineman on the field. Powerful blocker that also presents himself as an effective intermediate pass catching threat.
3rd Chris Norman OLB 10 4Sr Athletic yet undersized linebacker that goes sideline to sideline, covers a lot of area on the field and makes plays on the ball.
4th William Gholston DE 2 3Jr Overrated college defensive end that flashes skill. Shows the ability to be a disruptive force yet does not play with a sense of urgency and takes too many downs off.
4th Le’Veon Bell RB 24 3Jr Nice sized ball carrier that can handle the load. Plays with good quickness, can make defenders miss and break tackles. Also a terrific pass catcher out of the backfield.
4-5 Johnny Adams CB 5 5Sr Solid cornerback with good ball skills. Needs to polish his game but lacks top corner speed and somewhat overrated.
5th Denicos Allen OLB 28 4Jr Small yet explosive one gap linebacker that goes sideline to sideline and makes plays in every direction of the field.
6-7 Max Bullough ILB 40 3Jr Aggressive run defending linebacker that shows a good head for the ball. Average athlete with limited playing speed.
7th Isaiah Lewis S 9 3Jr Swift, quick safety that shows toughness against the run and skill in coverage. Slightly undersized.
FA Dan France T 59 4Jr Mechanically sound college left tackle with a developing game. May ultimately move to the right side.
FA Fou Fonoti T 51 4Jr Strong, small area blocker with tremendous explosion at the point of attack. Offers an upside.
FA Tyler Hoover DE 91 5Sr Tall, hard-working defensive lineman with limitations. Missed most of last season with injury.
FA Chris McDonald G 62 5Sr Strong, small area blocker that opens the running lanes.

Minnesota

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
FA Mike Rallis OLB 26 5Sr Fiery linebacker that’s sells out on every play. Tough against the run and effective on the blitz.
FA Keanon Cooper OLB 4 5Sr Small yet very quick linebacker that covers a lot of area on the field and makes plays in every direction.
FA Spencer Reeves OLB 8 4Sr Slightly undersized yet explosive linebacker with the ability to chase the action in pursuit.
FA Troy Stoudermire CB 11 5Sr One time highly rated cornerback returning from injury.
FA MarQueis Gray WR 5 5Sr Nice sized athlete who lined up at quarterback last season. Projects to either receiver or safety at the next level.
FA D.L. Wilhite DE 95 5Sr Undersized college defensive end with good movement skills who will get looks at outside linebacker.

Nebraska

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
3rd Will Compton ILB 51 5Sr Fierce, competitive linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline. Shows good speed as well as instincts.
3-4 Andrew Green CB 11 4Jr
6th Baker Steinkuhler DT 55 5Sr Explosive interior lineman that shows the ability to get behind the line scrimmage. Lacks strength at the point and more of a first mover lineman.
6th Cameron Meredith DE 34 5Sr Semi-athletic defensive end that breaks down well, plays with good pad level and works hard to get to the action. Lacks classic size and does not show a great closing burst to the ball. Possesses good size as well as growth potential and someone to keep an eye on.
7th Jeremiah Sirles T 71 4Jr Young developing lineman with a lot of upside. Used on the left side and has a skill, size and body type better suited to be a strong side tackle.
7th Ben Cotton TE 81 5Sr Large, strong blocking tight end that also does well as an intermediate pass catcher.
7-FA Kenny Bell WR 80 3So Quick, nimble receiver that shows skill running after the catch. Possible slot wide out for the next level.
FA Rex Burkhead RB 22 4Sr Straight line runner with solid instincts yet limited upside.
FA Daimion Stafford S 3 4Sr
FA P.J. Smith S 13 4Sr Nice sized safety that’s tough against the run and displays the ability to cover the pass. Has an upside.
FA Taylor Martinez QB 3 4Jr

Northwestern

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
FA Patrick Ward T 70 4Sr Relatively athletic tackle that shows skill in pass protection and as a run blocker.
FA Neal Deiters T 79 5Sr One time highly rated prospect that was moved into a reserve role last season.
FA Quentin Williams DE 88 5Sr Athletic college defensive end that shows the ability to make plays in every direction. Undersized and likely to make the transition to outside linebacker at the next level.

Ohio State

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1st Johnathan Hankins DT 52 3Jr Massive interior lineman that commands double teams while also showing good movement skills. Offers a huge upside.
2-3 Etienne Sabino ILB 6 4Sr Athletic linebacker that makes plays sideline to sideline as well as up the field.
2-3 Jack Mewhort G 74 4Jr Terrific small area blocker that plays with solid fundamentals, strength and easily controls defenders.
3rd Andrew Norwell T 78 3Jr Relatively athletic tackle prospect that showed consistent improvement last season. Strong yet also moves well on his feet.
3rd Bradley Roby CB 25 3So Underrated cornerback that plays an aggressive game. Consistently shuts down opponents and displays top ball skills.
4th Zach Boren FB 44 4Sr Terrific lead blocker that can be dominant at the point of attack and is also a productive pass catcher out of the backfield.
4-5 John Simon DE 54 4Sr Undersized yet workman lineman that shows great explosion on the inside.
6th C.J. Barnett S 4 3Jr Reminds us of former Buckeye Kurt Coleman.
5-6 Reid Fragel T 88 4Sr Blocking tight end that moves to offensive tackle this season. Has a large upside and is getting rave reviews at his new position.
7th Jordan Hall RB 7 4Sr Somewhat elusive and creative ball carrier that really does not stand out in any single aspect of the game.
7th Marcus Hall T 79 4Jr Undeveloped yet talented offensive line prospect with a large upside.
7th Orhian Johnson S 19 5Sr Imposing looking safety that flashes skill. Has an upside.
FA Jake Stoneburner TE 11 5Sr Solid pass catching tight end that always comes away with the difficult grab. Gives effort blocking yet lacks functional football strength.
FA Travis Howard CB 7 5Sr Adequate college cornerback with marginal physical skills.
FA Nathan Williams DE 43 4Sr
FA Garrett Goebel DT 53 5Sr Quick, competitive one gap defensive lineman that struggles getting off blocks.

Penn State

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
5th Gerald Hodges OLB 6 4Sr Athletic and fiery linebacker that shows skill defending the run or covering the pass.
5-6 Matt Stankiewitch C 54 5Sr Stout blocker on the pivot who easily controls defenders once engaged in a block.
6-7 Luke Graham T 53 4Jr Solid tackle prospect that will also get consideration at guard.
7th Michael Mauti OLB 42 5Sr Tough, hard-working linebacker with a solid game. Has an injury history including a knee injury which kept him on the sidelines most of 2011.
FA Justin Brown WR 19 4Sr Nice sized possession receiver who comes away with the tough grab.
FA Silas Redd RB 24 3Jr
FA Jordan Hill DT 47 4Sr Small yet explosive and competitive one gap tackle and makes plays in every direction of the field.
FA Devon Smith WR 3 4Sr Small yet speedy receiver that’s a threat to take it the distance any time he touches the ball. Recently left the Penn State team.
FA Glenn Carson ILB 40 3Jr Tough, two down linebacker with limited playing speed.
FA Khairi Fortt OLB 11 3Jr Athletic prospect that flashes skill yet possesses an undeveloped game.

Purdue

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1st Kawann Short DT 93 5Sr Big bodied defensive tackle that impacts the game when he wants to. Offers a lot of skill yet does not always play up to his level of ability.
6-7 Peters Drey C 67 5Sr Well sized college center that does the little things well. Should get better in time.
FA Josh Johnson CB 28 4Sr Tough cornerback that has shown flashes the past two years.

Wisconsin

Rnd Full Name Pos Num Yr Comments
1-2 Ricky Wagner T 58 5Sr Nice sized tackle that blocks with solid fundamentals. Slightly overrated in our opinion and a lesser version of Gabe Carimi.
1-2 Montee Ball RB 28 4Sr Terrific ball carrier with the ability to be a feature back at the next level. Can handle a lot of carries, elusive and also instinctive. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Underrated.
2-3 Marcus Cromartie CB 14 5Sr Developing cornerback with a high upside. Plays a physical game, possesses top ball skills and consistently makes positive plays.
2-3 Travis Frederick C 72 4Jr Dominant small area blocker with the ability to be used at center or guard. Annihilates opponents at the point of attack yet must improve his mechanics and consistently block with leverage.
3-4 Danny O’Brien QB 5 4Jr Big armed quarterback that can make all the passes and has an upside. Must improve his decision making. Maryland transfer
3-4 Chris Borland ILB 44 4Jr Tough, instinctive linebacker that goes hard to make plays. Effective outside the box and also up the field.
6th Jared Abbrederis WR 4 4Jr Slim, one speed receiver with dependable hands and a good feel for the game. Also produces returning punts.
6-7 James White RB 20 3Jr Swift, elusive ball carrier with the ability to create his own yardage.
7th Mike Taylor OLB 53 5Sr Active linebacker that goes hard sideline to sideline yet possesses just ordinary physical skills.
7th Jacob Pedersen TE 48 4Jr Reliable pass catching tight end that gives effort in all areas yet lacks great physical skills.
FA David Gilbert DE 11 4Sr Athletic lineman that flashes skill yet must put together a complete game. Sat on the sidelines most of last season with a foot injury.