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Big Ten produces six first-round picks

4/29/2011

The Big Ten had six players drafted Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft, the league's largest first-round presence since 2007.

Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt led off the Big Ten contingent, as he was selected No. 11 overall by the Houston Texans. Watt was followed by Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan (Washington), Illinois DT Corey Liuget (San Diego), Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn (Tampa Bay), Wisconsin LT Gabe Carimi (Da Bears) and Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward (Pittsburgh).

Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara waited a little longer than expected but went No. 19 overall to the New York Giants.

I'll have more on the Big Ten's first-round group in the morning.