Big Ten: Mike Smith

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.

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