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Big Ten in Kiper's latest draft forecast

9/22/2010

ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper has updated his latest Big Board, as well as his top-5 positions lists for both seniors and non-seniors.

You need to be an ESPN Insider member to view the complete files, but here's where Big Ten players stack up:

Kiper's Big Board

  • Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn, the first Big Ten player on the board, dropped to No. 8 from No. 5 last week

  • Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan held steady at No. 13

  • Ohio State DL Cameron Heyward held steady at No. 15

Position Rankings: Seniors

  • Ohio State's Brandon Saine is No. 5 among running backs

  • Wisconsin's Lance Kendricks is No. 1 among tight ends

  • Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi is No. 5 among offensive tackles

  • Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski is No. 2 among centers (Wisniewski has moved back to guard this year)

  • Iowa's Clayborn is No. 1 among defensive ends

  • Purdue's Kerrigan is No. 3 among defensive ends

  • Ohio State's Heyward is No. 4 among defensive ends

  • Michigan State's Greg Jones is No. 1 among inside linebackers

  • Ohio State's Ross Homan is No. 4 among outside linebackers

  • Iowa's Ryan Donahue is No. 1 among punters

Position Rankings: Non-Seniors

  • Penn State's Joe Suhey is No. 4 among fullbacks

  • Northwestern's Al Netter is No. 4 among offensive tackles

  • Purdue's Ken Plue is No. 5 among guards

  • Ohio State's Mike Brewster is No. 1 among centers

  • Michigan's David Molk is No. 5 among guards

  • Wisconsin's J.J. Watt is No. 4 among defensive ends

  • Wisconsin's Philip Welch is No. 3 among kickers

  • Purdue's Carson Wiggs is No. 5 among kickers

Interesting selections here from Kiper. I was a bit surprised not to see Carimi higher on his lists, and the Big Ten's senior guards -- Ohio State's Justin Boren, Wisconsin's John Moffitt and Michigan's Stephen Schilling -- were shut out. Penn State fans might be interested to know that former Nittany Lion Pat Devlin ranks as the No. 3 senior quarterback.