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A look at the Big Ten in the UFL draft

5/3/2011

The United Football League held its 2011 draft Monday night, and three former Big Ten players were selected, along with three Nebraska offensive linemen.

The ongoing NFL lockout prevents undrafted players from signing with NFL teams, and the UFL presents another route to play pro ball if the labor situation isn't resolved by the fall. If a player signs with a UFL team, he's bound to the team through the 2011 season, which kicks off in August.

Here's a look at the Big Ten/Nebraska contingent:

Player: Lawrence Wilson

Position: DE

College/final season: Ohio State, 2009

Drafted: No. 10 overall (second round)

Selected by: Las Vegas Locos

Player: Eric Peterman

Position: WR

College/final season: Northwestern, 2008

Drafted: No. 15 overall (third round)

Selected by: Las Vegas Locos

Player: Ricky Henry

Position: G

College/final season: Nebraska, 2010

Drafted: No. 16 overall (fourth round)

Selected by: Hartford Colonials

Player: Mike Smith

Position: OT

College/final season: Nebraska, 2010

Drafted: No. 23 overall (fifth round)

Selected by: Omaha Nighthawks

Player: Ervin Baldwin

Position: DE

College/final season: Michigan State, 2007

Drafted: No. 27 overall (sixth round)

Selected by: Hartford Colonials

Player: D.J. Jones

Position: OT

College/final season: Nebraska, 2010

Drafted: No. 28 overall (sixth round)

Selected by: Omaha Nighthawks

Wilson, Peterman and Baldwin all have spent time in the Chicago Bears organization (Baldwin was a seventh-round pick in 2008).

Check the full UFL draft rundown.