If the NFL draft was held tomorrow, the Big Ten could have two top-10 picks and six players selected in the first round.
- No. 4: DB Desmond King, Iowa
- No. 8: DL Malik McDowell, Michigan State
- No. 15: DB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
- No. 16 DB/LB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
- No. 25 OL Pat Elflein, Ohio State
- No. 29 Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
So, what can we learn from this? Well, don’t throw the ball against Michigan. Lewis is an elite talent and Peppers causes chaos wherever is is on the field no matter his position.
But there’s more.
One year after Ohio State lost five players to the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Buckeyes may have only one this season. Why? Well, the Buckeyes are really young — and still No. 2 in the country.
But Iowa’s Desmond King is considered the Big Ten’s top prospect. At No. 4, he’s the first non-lineman in the board (and the first non-SEC player). He’s been one of the best this season despite not making any interceptions until this past Saturday at Purdue.
And what did he do when he got his pick? King returned it for a score.
This will teach ya.
— Iowa On BTN (@IowaOnBTN) October 15, 2016
Down the list, here’s what Palazzolo had to say about Peppers:
Forget the position debate, Peppers brings versatility to the defense with his ability to play the run, cover, and rush the passer. He’s not a great fit for covering slot receivers, but he can hold his own against tight ends, so he at least fits the mold of nickel linebacker at the next level. He’s flashed his impressive athleticism on offense and special teams and his true value will be a hot topic come draft season.
Remember, there’s still about half the season left for most teams, so there’s plenty of time for players to move up or down such lists.