- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Big Ten postseason player rankings, based on past performance and future potential, continue with ...
SpieveyAmari Spievey, CB, Iowa, Jr., 6-0, 190
Preseason rank: 15
Why he's here: Spievey might have been the only true shut-down cornerback in the Big Ten in 2009. A few others had sexier stats, but Spievey was barely challenged and still recorded 56 tackles, two interceptions and 10 passes defended. After announcing he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft, Spievey talked about how he didn't see much action as opposing quarterbacks avoided his side of the field.
After a rocky start to his college career, Spievey was a back-to-back All-Big Ten selection, earning first-team honors from the league's coaches this year. He's a solid tackler who makes plays on the ball and should do very well at the next level. It will be interesting to see if Spievey or Michigan's Donovan Warren is the first Big Ten corner selected in April's draft.
No. 29: Northwestern DE Corey Wootton
No. 27: Ohio State LG Justin Boren
No. 26: Iowa S Tyler Sash
No. 24: Penn State C Stefen Wisniewski
No. 23: Michigan CB Donovan Warren
No. 22: Northwestern CB Sherrick McManis
No. 21: Ohio State DE Thaddeus Gibson
No. 20: Indiana DE Jammie Kirlew
No. 19: Iowa LB Pat Angerer
No. 18: Wisconsin DE O'Brien Schofield
No. 17: Illinois WR Arrelious Benn
No. 16: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan
No. 15: Penn State RB Evan Royster