Eight Big Ten players have made the list of the top 2017 college football players, as viewed by Chad Reuter, the NFL.com draft analyst.
Reuter released his first list, of Nos. 41-50, last Monday, then released the next players in batches of 10. His list of the 10 best features two Big Ten players, running back Saquon Barkley of Penn State at No. 8 and Michigan defensive tackle Rashan Gary at No. 9.
Barkley is entering his final season in Happy Valley as a Heisman hopeful after rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016.
Of Barkley, Reuter said:
Barkley is an elusive and strong back. He’s able to carry the mail and break off the big play. He figures large in Penn State’s return to national prominence.
Gary is the second-highest ranked interior DL on the list. Heading into his sophomore season, the former No. 1 overall recruit in 2016 will look to build on his freshman season, when he recorded 27 tackles.
Michigan got everything it needed from the five-star recruit. His size and athleticism on the edge makes him a tough task outside and an excellent pass rusher inside.
The next Big Ten player to make the list is Ohio State running back Mike Weber. Although Weber was only 49th in the country in rushing yards last season, Reuter said he compares to another former Ohio State back.
Many will compare Weber to former OSU back Ezekiel Elliott. Weber’s cut-back ability, speed and compact build to make him tough to stop.
Other Big Ten players on the list: Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley (No. 26), Ohio State defensive ends Sam Hubbard (No. 30) and Nick Bosa (No. 32), Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli (No. 46) and Ohio State OG Billy Price (No. 50).
At No. 1 on the list is Ed Oliver, a Houston defensive tackle, followed by three quarterbacks: Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Sam Darnold of Southern Cal and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma.