9 B1G prospects land in ESPN's latest NFL mock draft
A total of nine players from the Big Ten are represented in Todd McShay’s latest mock draft, with two players from the conference going inside the top 10.
The first player off the board, surprisingly, is not a quarterback but instead a player who projects as an interior lineman. Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater, who plays offensive tackle, goes No. 5 to the Cincinnati Bengals despite opting out this past season.
One pick after, McShay has Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, who also opted this past year, heading to the Philadelphia Eagles at sixth overall.
Ohio State has a pair of players going in the top 15, with cornerback Shaun Wade (No. 13, Los Angeles Chargers) and quarterback Justin Fields (No. 15, New England Patriots) the next players from the Big Ten taken.
No. 3 Ohio State plays No. 1 Alabama on Monday night in the College Football Playoff Championship. The Buckeyes have four projected first round picks in McShay’s latest mock draft.
The Crimson Tide, for what it is worth, have six projected first round players.
Rounding out the field for the Big Ten is Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman (No. 18, Miami Dolphins); Iowa defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon (No. 23, Jacksonville Jaguars); Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave (No. 25, New York Jets); Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye (No. 26, Baltimore Ravens) and finally, Ohio State guard Wyatt Davis (No. 29, Buffalo Bills).