There could be names of Big Ten players called early and often at the 2017 NFL Draft.
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report released an updated top-350 prospects list Tuesday. A total of 22 players from the Big Ten were in his top 100, including six in the top 30.
Ohio State defensive back Malik Hooker is the top Big Ten prospect at No. 5. The Buckeyes’ top three prospects are all from the secondary. Marshon Lattimore comes in at No. 12 and Gareon Conley is at No. 18.
Ten different Big Ten schools have at least one player ranked in the top 100. Ohio State has the most top-100 prospects with six. Michigan is next with five. Jabrill Peppers is the highest-rated Wolverines player at No. 23, while Taco Charlton is also inside the top 30.
Wisconsin has three top-100 prospects, including Miller’s No. 1 offensive tackle, Ryan Ramczyk. Vince Biegel comes in at No. 90, but is also listed as the top sleeper at linebacker.
Penn State has one top-100 player (defensive end Garrett Sickels), but wide receiver Chris Godwin just missed at No. 105 and is 11th among wideouts. Linebackers Nyeem Wartman-White and Brandon Bell both made the top 350.
Iowa has two prospects inside the top 100, cornerback Desmond King and defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson. George Kittle is also among the top 20 tight ends and earned best blocker honors.
Michigan State’s Malik McDowell is at No. 69 and earned best potential honors among defensive linemen. Riley Bullough, Montae Nicholson and Demetrious Cox all made the top-350 list, but have work to do to ensure being drafted.
Nebraska has two prospects in the top 350, including Nathan Gerry at No. 220.
The 2017 NFL Draft is April 27-29 in Philadelphia. The Cleveland Browns have the No. 1 pick.
Cleveland had the No. 2 pick last year and the chance to take Ohio State star Joey Bosa, but decided to move back in a trade with Philadelphia. Bosa became the NFL defensive rookie of the year.