First look at the Big 10...will really be focused on OL through the year.
- Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan (Jr., 6-5, 281)
If any defensive lineman in the Big Ten is going to challenge Bosa to be first off the board next spring, it will be Michigan’s Gary. A physical beast in the trenches, Gary has already made an impact on the Big Ten as one of the top defensive linemen in the conference. The ability to play linebacker adds some versatility to his profile, but he will shine most on the line.
- Chase Winovich, DE Michigan (R-Sr., 6-3, 253)
Another high-quality defensive lineman for Michigan, Winovich has been recognized as one of the top players in the Big Ten. As long as he continues to create pressure on the outside of the line, he will remain in solid position for the draft.
- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Jr., 6-4, 263)
Ohio State provided no relief for opposing offenses from the Bosa family, and another one appears to be heading to the NFL next spring. Nick Bosa, the younger brother of Joey Bosa, will be one of the top defensive linemen in the country. The reigning Big Ten defensive lineman of the year will not be easy to slow down.
- Michael Jordan, OG, Ohio State (Jr., 6-2, 304)
A two-year starter for the Buckeyes, Jordan will continue to cement a strong offensive line for Ohio State this fall. Jordan has started 27 games and would be an early entrant to the draft should he decide to declare.
- Isaiah Prince, OT, Ohio State (Sr., 6-7, 310)
Another extremely experienced starter on Ohio State’s offensive line, Prince has started 27 games for the Buckeyes along with Michael Jordan. Unlike Jordan, however, Prince is a senior and will be moving on no matter what this season.
- Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State (R-Jr., 6-3, 290)
One of four returning starters for Ohio State’s defense, Jones has started two years at defensive tackle has already started 23 games for the Buckeyes to make him the most experienced starter in Columbus on defense.
- Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State (R-Sr., 6-1, 208)
One of the top wide receivers in the Big Ten, Campbell brings speed to the offense. He also has the ability to return kickoffs, which adds some value to any team considering adding him to their roster.
- T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin (Sr., 6-1, 248)
One of four returning starters on defense, Edwards (right) will captain the Badger defense and carry on Wisconsin’s solid tradition of linebacker play in more recent years. Edwards recorded 81 tackles and intercepted four passes last season
- Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin (Sr., 6-6, 321)
The third Wisconsin offensive lineman with All-American accolades, Deiter lines up at left tackle. Deiter started all 14 games for Wisconsin last season and should continue to be a fixture on the line in 2018.
- David Edwards, OL, Wisconsin (R-Jr., 6-7, 319)
Another All-American player on the offensive line is Edwards, who lines up next to Beau Benzschawel on the right side. Together, the two players will be tough to get by, and that should bode well for Edwards’ draft outlook in the spring. Edwards still has a year of eligibility, but he could be ready to go to the next level.
- Beau Benzschawel, OL, Wisconsin (Sr., 6-6, 322)
Wisconsin didn’t have an offensive lineman drafted in 2018, but that just means the Badgers will be loaded on the line this fall. It begins with Benzschawel, a first team All-American who started all 14 games for Wisconsin last season. Arguably the top offensive linemen in the Big Ten, his stiffest competition may come from his teammates.
- Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern (Sr., 6-4, 225)
Already being hyped for his potential by draft analysts, Thorson (right) brings a solid frame and basic skills that NFL franchises and coaches may feel they can work with. Thorson lacks in the stat department but many will give him the benefit of the doubt for playing at Northwestern and the talent he has to work with.
- Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State (R-Sr., 6-0, 198)
McSorley is the Big Ten’s top returning quarterback and he’ll get the chance to be the main attraction in the Penn State offense this season without Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki and with a new offensive coordinator. McSorley also will battle some scouting profiles noting his size, but he has potential to bring similar positives to the field as Baker Mayfield.
- Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State (Jr., 6-5, 320)
Penn State has been improving its quality on the offensive line in recent years, and McGovern will look to be the first offensive lineman from Happy Valley drafted since 2015. Helping to protect Trace McSorley and run blocking will be under the microscope for his draft outlook this fall.
- Shareef Miller, DE, Penn State (R-Jr., 6-5, 256)
Miller could be a name to watch this fall as he looks to establish himself in the upper tier of Big Ten defensive linemen. After earning third-team All-Big Ten honors last season, Miller will lead the way on Penn State’s defensive line this fall.
- Matt Sokol, TE, Michigan State (Sr., 6-6, 255)
The Spartans’ tight end may leave his mark in his final season in East Lansing. His numbers may not overwhelm compared to other tight ends, but Sokol should be a reliable target and will work to prove he has good blocking skills this fall.
- Stanley Morgan Jr., WR, Nebraska (Sr., 6-1, 195)
A year after leading the Big Ten in receiving with 89.6 yards per game and a Big Ten-best 10 touchdowns in the regular season, Nebraska’s Morgan will provide a reliable set of hands for the Scott Frost offense in Lincoln. Look for some big numbers once again.
- Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa (R-Jr., 6-8, 295)
Iowa’s third-year defensive end may prove to be Iowa’s top NFL prospect this fall. Nelson made 41 tackles last season and will be one of the top defensive players returning for the Hawkeyes in 2018.
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