Clayborn, Boren lead 2011 BT draft hopefuls

January, 20, 2010
The general belief among college football observers is that the Big Ten will be even stronger in 2010, especially at the top.

So will better teams mean better NFL prospects for the 2011 draft?

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. takes an early look, breaking down the top five juniors and rising juniors at each position. Here's how the Big Ten hopefuls fare heading into the 2010 season.

Evan Royster, Penn State: No. 5 running back
Justin Boren, Ohio State: No. 2 guard
Stephen Schilling, Michigan: No. 4 guard
Stefen Wisniewksi, Penn State: No. 2 center
Adrian Clayborn, Iowa: No. 1 defensive end
Cameron Heyward, Ohio State: No. 4 defensive end
Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue: No. 5 defensive end
Greg Jones, Michigan State: No. 2 inside linebacker
Ross Homan, Ohio State: No. 4 outside linebacker
Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State: No. 5 cornerback
Ryan Donahue, Iowa: No. 1 punter

I was a little surprised to see Heyward listed down at No. 4, as I think he'll climb up the board by the end of the 2010 season. I also wouldn't be shocked to see Wisconsin running back John Clay on Kiper's list in the future.

Kiper, by the way, lists four Big Ten players in his mock first-round selection for this year's draft: Iowa LT Bryan Bulaga (No. 18, Steelers), Penn State LB Navorro Bowman (No. 24, Eagles), Penn State DT Jared Odrick (No. 31, Saints) and Michigan DE Brandon Graham (No. 32, Colts).



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