The 2017 NFL draft might buck a B1G stereotype or two.
Those expecting to see B1G interior linemen fly off the board might have to wait a little while. Instead, there could be a handful of B1G defensive backs picked in the first half of the first round.
That wouldn’t be a surprise to ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay, who has three B1G defensive backs among his top 11 players. In McShay’s complete top 32, he had four B1G defensive backs selected and seven B1G players total.
Here were the B1G players that McShay had making the cut:
- 7. Marshon Lattimore**, Ohio State CB
- 8. Jabrill Peppers**, Michigan S
- 11. Malik Hooker, Ohio State S
- 13. Taco Charlton, Michigan DE
- 14. Malik McDowell, Michigan State DT
- 24. Ryan Ramczyk**, Wisconsin OT
- 27. Jourdan Lewis, Michigan CB
**underclassman who hasn’t declared yet
Oddly enough, McShay’s top two B1G players have both gone public about NOT declaring for the draft yet.
Peppers has been adamant that he’ll use the Jan. 16 deadline while Lattimore has been having social media fun which each early Ohio State departure.
Damn Kwon gone too pic.twitter.com/0vyiZNIGGu
— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) January 4, 2017
The other B1G underclassman on that list who is still undecided is Ramczyk, who played through a shoulder injury for much of 2016. He’s still debating whether or not to come back to Madison.
Charlton going ahead of McDowell might’ve seemed unlikely a couple months ago, but as McShay listed them, it could happen. It was Charlton who finished 2016 strong while McDowell was sidelined down the stretch with an ankle injury.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Jan. 16. If they don’t hire an agent, they’ll have 72 hours to do so.