Big Ten rankings: No. 12, Chimdi Chekwa

March, 4, 2011
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The 2010 Big Ten postseason player rankings continue with ...

No. 12: Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State, Sr., 6-0, 190

2010 numbers: Led Ohio State in interceptions (3), pass breakups (9) and passes defended (12); recorded 42 tackles, including four for loss and a sack; tied for second in the Big Ten and 41st nationally in passes defended; earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors.

[+] EnlargeOhio State Buckeyes defensive back Chimdi Chekwa
Andrew Weber/US PresswireOhio State defensive back Chimdi Chekwa led the Buckeyes in interceptions, pass breakups and passes defended.
Preseason rank: Unranked in preseason Top 25 players

Why he's here: The Big Ten lacked a ton of truly elite defensive backs in 2010, but Chekwa certainly fit the description following an outstanding senior season. His ability to make plays and take away a side of the field proved invaluable for a Buckeyes secondary that endured several season-ending injuries but still ranked 15th nationally in pass defense (179.3 ypg) and tied for 12th in takeaways (30). Chekwa's 2010 honors included: consensus first-team All-Big Ten, first-team FWAA All-American and semifinalist for both the Thorpe Award (nation's top defensive back) and the Bednarik Award (Defensive Player of the Year). He was named National Defensive Player of the Week following a two-interception performance against Miami. Often overshadowed by other top cornerbacks, Chekwa gets his due in these rankings and should go on to have a strong NFL career.

  • No. 12: Ohio State CB Chimdi Chekwa
  • No. 13: Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor
  • No. 14: Wisconsin G John Moffitt
  • No. 15: Michigan C David Molk
  • No. 16: Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward:
  • No. 17: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi
  • No. 18: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins
  • No. 19: Indiana WR Tandon Doss
  • No. 21: Penn State G Stefen Wisniewski
  • No. 22: Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
  • No. 23: Wisconsin RB James White
  • No. 24: Ohio State LT Mike Adams
  • No. 25: Indiana QB Ben Chappell

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