B1G's top seniors, juniors for 2012 draft

Colleague Mel Kiper Jr. recently compiled his list of top seniors and juniors for the 2012 NFL draft. Kiper breaks down the top five players at each position in each class.

Quite a few Big Ten players made the rundown, and there were some surprises.

Let's check it out.


No. 2 quarterback: Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

No. 2 running back: Dan Herron, Ohio State

No. 2 fullback: Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin

No. 5 fullback: Joe Suhey, Penn State

No. 1 guard: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

No. 1 center: Michael Brewster, Ohio State

No. 5 center: David Molk, Michigan

No. 5 defensive end: Vince Browne, Northwestern

No. 1 defensive tackle: Jared Crick, Nebraska

No. 5 defensive tackle: Devon Still, Penn State

No. 1 inside linebacker: Lavonte David, Nebraska

No. 2 cornerback: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

No. 3 kicker: Derek Dimke, Illinois

No. 4 kicker: Philip Welch, Wisconsin


No. 4 running back: Edwin Baker, Michigan State

No. 3 fullback: Zach Boren, Ohio State

No. 3 tight end: Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State

No. 3 offensive tackle: Riley Reiff, Iowa

No. 4 offensive tackle: Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

No. 1 center: Peter Konz, Wisconsin

No. 1 defensive tackle: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State

No. 3 defensive tackle: Kawann Short, Purdue

No. 4 defensive tackle: John Simon, Ohio State

No. 5 defensive tackle: Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska

No. 4 outside linebacker: Craig Roh, Michigan

No. 2 kicker: Dan Conroy, Michigan State

No. 4 punter: Ben Buchanan, Ohio State

Thoughts: Some interesting selections for both classes. Players like Cousins, Herron, Stoneburner and Roh project a little higher than I thought they would. Players like Molk and Reiff came in a little lower than I thought. Several players I expected to see but didn't include: Ohio State senior LT Mike Adams, Michigan DT Mike Martin, Illinois senior LT Jeff Allen, Penn State senior WR Derek Moye, Nebraska junior TE Kyler Reed, Penn State junior LB Michael Mauti and Iowa senior CB Shaun Prater. The Big Ten is absolutely loaded at defensive tackle, especially in the junior class. The league also continues to dominate the fullback position -- no surprise there.