Of the major college football conferences, only the SEC (528) has had more players selected in the NFL Draft than the Big Ten (455) since 2000.
At the NFL Combine this weekend in Indianapolis, the Big Ten has 36 invitees, including at least one representative from each program (not counting newcomers Maryland and Rutgers, who are not yet official conference members). Three Big Ten teams boast at least five Combine participants. Furthermore, it is projected that the Big Ten could have as many as six players selected in the first round of the May’s NFL Draft.
Here is a look at the top five players from the Big Ten participating in the NFL Draft Combine this weekend with player breakdowns from Football.com NFL Draft Senior Editor David Seigerman.