Three ex-Big Ten stars ended up leading the NFL in a major statistical category this season.

Those players are former Wisconsin pass rusher T.J. Watt, ex-Maryland receiver Stefon Diggs and former Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins.

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Watt led the NFL in both sacks (15) and tackles for loss (26). It was a career year for Watt, who now has three straight seasons with double-digit sacks.


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Diggs also led the league in a pair of categories. He paced his peers in both receiving yards (1,537) and receptions (127). This was his first season in Buffalo, and helped lead the Bills to the No. 2 overall seed in the AFC.

This was his third consecutive season to clear 1,000 receiving yards. Diggs also scored eight touchdowns, which was the second-most in his career.

Dobbins led the NFL in yards per rush at 6.0. That’s an outstanding mark for Dobbins, who had a great rookie campaign in Baltimore. He was part of a time share with the Ravens, but still finished the season with 805 yards and nine touchdowns.