Big Ten in latest NFL draft projections

December, 15, 2011
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ESPN.com's two NFL draft gurus, Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr., have come out with their latest list of the top prospects for April. And both agree on the top three Big Ten potential draftees at this point.

McShay has three players from the league in his Top 32. The rundown goes like this:
No. 9: Iowa OT Riley Reiff

Analysis: Reiff isn't a mauler, but he's dependable, consistent and technically sound, and he shows good ability to slide and mirror in pass protection.

No. 19 Penn State DT Devon Still

Analysis: Still isn't an elite athlete, but he's been one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the country this season and is near the top of a lackluster overall defensive tackle class.

No. 24 Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard

Analysis: Dennard isn't elite in any one area, but he is solid in all areas and showed continued improvement throughout the season.

Kiper's latest Big Board has those three players in the same order but adds another Big Ten player among his top 25 prospects. His goes like this:
No. 9: Reiff

Analysis: Not as athletic as [Matt] Kalil or [Jonathan] Martin, but the tape is there -- it may be the best tape of any LT this year because he's so complete. Durable, he has played from day one at Iowa.

No. 16: Still

Analysis: A great penetrator, he has overcome health issues and has been extremely disruptive, breaking through double-teams to pile up TFLs. Maybe the MVP for that team this season. Could play a couple of spots at next level.

No. 20: Dennard

Analysis: Plays taller than his 5-foot-10 frame with incredible leaping ability. Handles bigger receivers far better than the height implies. Has strong frame and great ball skills and is a big-time competitor.

No. 22: Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy

Analysis: Has played better after an inconsistent start but still can have up-and-down stretches. Disruptive DT in a class that's a little shallower, and that could benefit him. Has good size and is tough to move -- just needs consistency.

Interesting that there's no first-round love yet for guys like Michigan center David Molk, Wisconsin center Peter Konz or Badgers running back Montee Ball. But it's still very early in the process.

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