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ESPN had 32 writers rank players on a 0-10 scale and came up with the top 100 in the country, including 15 from the Big Ten. Five of the top 20 hail from the conference, too.
Nine of those are defensive players, and Ohio State and Michigan lead the way with three each. Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern, Indiana and Maryland all have at least one player on the list.
97. Riley Bullough, LB, Michigan State
91. Corey Clement, RB Wisconsin
82. Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin
72. William Likely, CB/KR, Maryland
66. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
54. Jake Butt, TE, Michigan
52. Anthony Walker, LB, Northwestern
37. Dan Feeney, OT, Indiana
25. Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
24. Malik McDowell, DE, Michigan State
19. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
17. Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State
12. JT Barrett, QB, Ohio State
9. Jabrill Peppers, CB/LB, Michigan
8. Desmond King, CB, Iowa