The Big Ten had three players selected in the first round of last week's NFL draft. According to Todd McShay, the same thing will take place next April.
McShay's first (of many) mock drafts for 2011 features three Big Ten selections, including two players going in the top 5. And just like the 2010 draft, the Big Ten will have two defensive linemen and an offensive tackle picked in the first round.
Here's how McShay sees things shaking out:
No. 4: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
No. 5: Ohio State DL Cameron Heyward to Cleveland Browns
No. 21: Wisconsin LT Gabe Carimi to Atlanta Falcons
I know it's early, but I could definitely see things playing out like this, especially if both Clayborn and Heyward can stay healthy. Those two can be unblockable at times. A lot of Browns fans are Buckeyes fans, too, and I'm sure they'd be stoked about drafting Heyward.
I'm also interested to see whether guards Stefen Wisniewski (Penn State) or Justin Boren (Ohio State) could work their way into first-round consideration. Same goes for Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, who has bulked up but not lost any speed. Underclassmen like Wisconsin running back John Clay and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor also could be in the mix if they leave school early.