Big Ten rankings: No. 22, Shaun Prater

Many of the top players in the Big Ten are in Chicago today for the league's media days event. But not all of them.

We're compiling the list of the top 25 players in the conference every weekday up to the start of the season. Our rankings are based partly on past performance and also on potential impact for this season. NFL draft potential is not a factor.

Our previous player on the list was from Iowa, and one of his Hawkeyes teammates joins him now ...

No. 22: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa, 5-11, 180

2010 numbers: Had 68 tackles, four interceptions, six pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Why he's here: Prater was a first-team All-Big Ten performer last year, and opponents have to think long and hard about throwing to his side of the field. He has six interceptions the past two years, including a pick-six against Penn State and a 42-yard interception return that set up a score last year versus Michigan State. Prater thought about entering the NFL draft after last season but decided he had some work left to do in Iowa City. He was one of the players hospitalized in January as part of the rhabdo breakout, but he was healthy and productive in the spring. He should challenge for the title of best Big Ten defensive back in 2011.


No. 25: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

No. 24: Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State

No. 23: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa