Benn, Graham appear on Kiper's Big Board

August, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The college football season is rapidly approaching, but many of you draftniks out there are starting a longer countdown -- to a weekend in late April when the NFL draft rules. 

Mel Kiper is always thinking about the NFL draft and released the first installment of his Big Board (Insider access), projecting the top 25 picks in the 2010 draft. Only two Big Ten players made the board, and just barely.

They are:

10. Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois: Silky smooth, with excellent run-after-catch ability.

25. Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan: Awesome athlete and force off the edge.

Benn obviously has another season of eligibilty left after this one, but if he performs as expected this fall, it would be hard to see him sticking around Champaign. 

I'd be very surprised if only two Big Ten players went in the top 25 picks. Iowa left tackle Bryan Bulaga definitely has first-round potential if he delivers another strong season and comes out early.

Linebackers Navorro Bowman and Sean Lee of Penn State and Greg Jones of Michigan State also could boost their stock. I could also see Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton and Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick getting first-round consideration. 

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