Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Big Ten out of top 20 in Kiper's mock draft
If Mel Kiper's latest mock draft is any indication, the Big Ten will be waiting a while for its first selection on April 22.
Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham is the first Big Ten player to appear on Kiper's draft rundown, going at No. 22 to New England. Kiper writes of Graham: "If production were all that mattered, Graham would be long gone by now." Unfortunately, the NFL cares more about those measurables that Graham can't control, but he has given every indication that he'll be an excellent pro. Graham moved up 10 spots from Kiper's first mock draft.
Iowa left tackle Bryan Bulaga follows Graham at No. 23, going to the Green Bay Packers. Bulaga had been No. 18 in Kiper's first mock draft, going to Pittsburgh, but Idaho guard Mike Iupati now occupies that spot.
Kiper has Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn going at No. 25 to Baltimore. Clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks Benn has excellent pro potential despite a disappointing 2009 season.
Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick rounds out the Big Ten first-round contingent, going at No. 31 to Indianapolis.
ESPN's Todd McShay provided a slightly better outlook for the Big Ten in his most recent mock draft, which included Bulaga at No. 6 to Seattle, Graham at No. 22 to New England, Benn at No. 29 to the New York Jets and Odrick at No. 30 to Minnesota.