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NFL Draft: The Top 50 Big Ten Prospects Going into the Scouting Combine

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NFL Draft: The Top 50 Big Ten Prospects Going into the Scouting Combine

2020-02-19 16:48:331 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Ohio State Buckeye defensive end Chase Young. (Image Source: Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)

The NFL Scouting Combine is scheduled to take place next week in Indianapolis with the invitees working out for the 32 NFL teams from February 27-March 1. Here’s a look at the top 50 prospects from the Big Ten heading into the combine:

Expected Top 10 Picks:

1. DE Chase Young, Ohio State: (ESPN: 1; CBS Sports: 1; Miller Mock: 2)

The consensus top prospect in this class going into the combine and there’s no reason that should change. Is expected to be the top non-quarterback off the board.

2. CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State: (ESPN: 3; CBS Sports: 4; Miller Mock: 3)

How high is Okudah thought of? He’s more likely to go ahead of Young than to fall behind another B1G draftee. The elite talent saw production meet potential in 2019.

First-Round Picks:

3. OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa: (ESPN: 25; CBS Sports: 13; Miller Mock: 10)

An absolute athletic freak, Wirfs could work his way into the top 10 if he shines in Indianapolis. Has the talent to end up as the top tackle in this class at the next level.

4. DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa: (ESPN: 24; CBS Sports: 12; Miller Mock: 23)

The big-bodied edge defender is more of a traditional defensive end who is powerful at the point of attack. Can set the edge and really get after the quarterback.

Potential First-Round Picks:

5. OLB Zack Baun, Wisconsin: (ESPN: 22; CBS Sports: 45; Miller Mock: 36)

Like T.J. Watt, Baun is underrated by some coming out. He’s going to be an excellent edge rusher in a 3-4 scheme. Only concern is it took long for his talent to come out.   

6. DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State: (ESPN: 35; CBS Sports: 19; Miller Mock: 53)

Another edge rusher, Gross-Matos is a very impressive athlete who excels at getting after the quarterback. Scheme versatile, he should be able to stand up as well.

Could Sneak into the First-Round:

7. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin: (ESPN: 42; CBS Sports: 35; Miller Mock: 61)

The production is undeniable. Taylor is a between the tackles runner who can also hit the home run and has improved as a pass catcher. He’s a feature back.  

8. WR KJ Hamer, Penn State: (ESPN: 39; CBS Sports: 52; Miller Mock: 42):

Undersized but an electric athlete, how he performs at the combine could really affect Hamler’s stock either way. A weapon on offense and in the return game.  

9. RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State: (ESPN: 33; CBS Sports: 62; Miller Mock: 47)

Underrated power, overrated speed, Dobbins has the quickness and vision to be a very productive back at the next level. Both as a runner and pass catcher.  

10. C Cezar Ruiz, Michigan: (ESPN: 56; CBS Sports: 72; Miller Mock: 31)

The Michigan man is the favorite to be the first center off the board, so need could play a big role in where he goes. Can anchor and is athletic enough to get in space.

Day 2 Prospects:

11. TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue (ESPN: 164; CBS Sports: 48; Miller Mock: 43)

12. S Antoine Winfield Jr., Minnesota (ESPN: 42; CBS Sports: 54; Miller Mock: 78)

13. C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin: (ESPN: 70; CBS Sports: 49; Miller Mock: 52)

14. WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan (ESPN: 67; CBS Sports: 76; Miller Mock: 44)

15. OLB Josh Uche, Michigan (ESPN: 130; CBS Sports: 66; Miller Mock: 70)

16. CB Damon Arnette, Ohio State: (ESPN: 59; CBS Sports: 53; Miller Mock: 66)

17. LB Malik Harrison, Ohio State: (ESPN: 79; CBS Sports: 107; Miller Mock: 62)

Late Day 2/High Day 3 Prospects:

18. OG Ben Bredeson, Michigan (ESPN: 142; CBS Sports: 108; Miller Mock: 100)

19. CB Lamar Jackson, Nebraska: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 104; Miller Mock: 108)

20. WR K.J. Hill, Ohio State: (ESPN: 78; CBS Sports: 117; Miller Mock: 106)

21. DE Kenny Willekes, Michigan State (ESPN: 83; CBS Sports: 134; Miller Mock: 126)

22. WR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota (ESPN: 163; CBS Sports: 78; Miller Mock: 163)

23. WR Quintez Cephus, Wisconsin: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 161; Miller Mock: 99)

24. S Antoine Brooks Jr., Maryland (ESPN: 98; CBS Sports: 235; Miller Mock: 124)

25. LB Markus Bailey, Purdue (ESPN: 105; CBS Sports: 184; Miller Mock: 115)

High Day 3 Prospects:

26. RB Anthony McFarland Jr., Maryland (ESPN: 134; CBS Sports: 122; Miller Mock: 212)

27. RB Javon Leake, Maryland (ESPN: 167; CBS Sports: 201; Miller Mock: 121)

28. DT Raequan Williams, Michigan State (ESPN: 141; CBS Sports: 150; Miller Mock: 146)

29. OG Jonah Jackson, Ohio State: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 111; Miller Mock: 147)

30. CB Michael Ojemudia, Iowa: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 138; Miller Mock: 164)

31. CB Lavert Hill, Michigan (ESPN: 76; CBS Sports: 187; Miller Mock: 228)

32. CB Josiah Scott, Michigan State (ESPN: 144; CBS Sports: 321; Miller Mock: 181)

33. DE Carter Coughlin, Minnesota (ESPN: 217; CBS Sports: 243; Miller Mock: 188)

34. S Jordan Fuller, Ohio State: (ESPN: 171; CBS Sports: 165; Miller Mock: 182)

35. DL Davon Hamilton, Ohio State: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 88; Miller Mock: 184)

36. S Josh Metellus, Michigan (ESPN: 100; CBS Sports: 203; Miller Mock: 216)

37. DT Robert Windsor, Penn State (ESPN: 107; CBS Sports: 194; Miller Mock: 183)

Low Day 3 Prospects:

38. S Geno Stone, Iowa: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 247; Miller Mock: 165)

39. QB Nate Stanley Iowa: (ESPN: 106; CBS Sports: 253; Miller Mock: 237)

40. LB Kamal Martin, Minnesota (ESPN: 101; CBS Sports: 205; Miller Mock: 245)

41. LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 225; Miller Mock: 171)

42. WR Binjimen Victor, Ohio State: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 255; Miller Mock: 206)

43. TE Sean McKeon, Michigan (ESPN: 168; CBS Sports: 274; Miller Mock: 207)

44. LB Cam Brown, Penn State (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 158; Miller Mock: 227)

45. CB John Reid, Penn State (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 232; Miller Mock: 227)

46. LB Joe Bachie, Michigan State (ESPN: 199; CBS Sports: 153; Miller Mock: NR)

47. DL Robert Landers, Ohio State: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 193; Miller Mock: 225)

48. DE Oluwole Betiku, Illinois: (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 196; Miller Mock: NR)

49. WR Darrell Stewart Jr., Michigan State (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 190; Miller Mock: NR)

50. OG Michael Onwenu, Michigan (ESPN: NR; CBS Sports: 192; Miller Mock: NR)

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

 
 
 

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