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Monday, April 20, 2009
Three to watch from the Big Ten

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

As the draft approaches, I'm trying to mine some information from my colleagues over at ESPN.com's College Blog Network. We've had Chris Low on the SEC, Tim Griffin on the Big 12 and Bruce Feldman on a couple Ole Miss guys.

Now we look to the Big Ten ace Adam Rittenberg. I asked Rittenberg for three players unlikely to be drafted in the first three rounds that he expects will become high-quality players in the NFL.

Here are his selections:

Iowa defensive tackle Mitch King -- He might have been the most valuable defensive player in the Big Ten last year. A four-year starter, King created havoc in the middle of the line, stuffing the run and racking up 15.5 tackles for loss. King is primarily a run stuffer, but he can also rush the passer after recording four sacks and six quarterback hurries last year. (NFLDraftScout.com rates King a fourth- or fifth-rounder.)

Ohio State wide receiver Brian Hartline -- The Buckeyes tweaked their offense last fall, and it hurt Hartline and fellow wideout Brian Robiskie. Hartline is a solid slot receiver who will fearlessly go over the middle and take on contact. He had a solid NFL combine and boasts good speed. He'll be a good mid- to late-round pickup who can play either slot receiver or on the outside. (NFLDraftScout.com rates Hartline as a sixth- or seventh-rounder.)

Michigan defensive tackle Terrance Taylor -- Taylor's senior season simply came at the wrong time, as he anchored a Michigan defense repeatedly put in bad situations by a young and bewildered offense. He's extremely strong and effective against the run. Taylor logged a ton of playing time at Michigan, starting his final three seasons with the Wolverines. Though his draft stock hasn't been helped lately, he should be a solid pro. (NFLDraftScout.com rates Taylor as a sixth-rounder.)

Our thanks to Adam for helping us out.