When it comes to elite NFL prospects, the Big Ten is pretty loaded in 2016.
According to Pro Football Focus, the conference boasts the top draft prospect at five different positions, with a total of 11 players listed in the top five at their respective positions.
Michigan has the most elite prospects, according to the site, with five Wolverines cracking the list. Jake Butt is slotted as the top tight end prospect, with Jabrill Peppers taking the top safety spot. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst are both listed at their respective positions.
Here’s what Pro Football Focus has to say about Peppers, who will be playing all over the field for Michigan this fall.
Though he’ll officially be called a linebacker for Michigan this season, Peppers is still projected as more of a safety in the NFL. Still, the lines are blurring on the two positions depending on the scheme, so perhaps Peppers will be an NFL linebacker by this time next year. Regardless, it’s his attacking nature in the run game combined with the athleticism in coverage that makes Peppers a unique player.
Ohio State center Pat Elflein, Michigan State defensive lineman Malik McDowell and Iowa cornerback Desmond King are the others PFF says are the top 2017 draft-eligible prospects at their positions.
The other Big Ten players on the list are Iowa tight end George Kittle, Indiana guard Dan Feeney, Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan and Nebraska safety Nate Gerry.
Full breakdowns of each along with their ranking can be found here.