When it was all said and done, the B1G green room guys went in the first round. Nothing more, nothing less.

Now, in my opinion, is when the fun really starts.

Who are the B1G’s best bets to go off the board on Day 2?

Vonn Bell, Ohio State S — If the Buckeyes were going to tie Miami’s record of six first-rounders, Bell was going to be the clincher. Despite the fact that seven defensive backs came off the board, the OSU All-American wasn’t one of them. A solid Day-2 pick, one of the top safeties in the draft will likely find a home in the first 10 picks. Kansas City at No. 37 would be my best guess.

Jason Spriggs, Indiana OT — The physical talents are not in question. No offensive lineman in the draft is as freakish as Spriggs. But questions about his footwork and ability to play on the left side in the NFL likely bumped into the top of the second round. I think there’s a good chance that Jacksonville nabs the offensive lineman it desperately needs at No. 38.

Connor Cook, Michigan State QB — So Cook didn’t end up being the one to break the B1G’s first-round quarterback drought. He can still wind up in a place like Dallas and walk into an ideal situation, but I think the Cowboys go after a pass-rusher instead. If not Dallas, maybe Chicago, New Orleans or Buffalo could be possible destinations, though each of those teams have other needs to address, as well. If San Francisco goes after Cook, it would have to trade into the second round, which could happen, too. Somebody will invest in Cook in Round 2.

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Mike Thomas, Ohio State WR — I thought Thomas should’ve went in the first round. He has the ability to be a solid No. 2 target in the right situation. A team like Tennessee, which has three of the first 14 picks of the second round, could snag Thomas. Detroit could also be an option without Calvin Johnson. Because of the receiver market, Thomas could easily slip deep into the second round. Whoever gets him will get one of the top skill players in the draft.

Jihad Ward, Illinois DL — There was talk that the freakish defensive lineman would go late in the first round. But perhaps the JUCO transfer’s limited production prevented that. I think he goes off the board sometime early in the second round. Lucky for him, the top half of the second round is still loaded with teams in need of a pass-rusher. Dallas, Baltimore, New York (NYG) and Tampa Bay could all be in that market.

Austin Johnson, Penn State DT — The first round didn’t do Johnson any favors. Only four defensive tackles — in a deep defensive tackle draft — were picked. Alabama defensive tackles A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed were surprisingly passed on in the first round. Johnson might have to wait a bit longer than he expected. If Oakland doesn’t pick him at No. 44, his next best bet could be Washington at No. 53.


Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State DE — Again, I think edge-rushers like Calhoun start flying off the board in the second round. Given his college pedigree as a dominant three-year starter, he’s a safe, plug-and-play guy compared to some of his competition. If he’s still around in the back end of the second round, New England or Carolina will get a steal.

Joshua Perry, Ohio State ILB — Perry might not have the speed of the highly coveted linebackers in the draft, but he’s about as sure a tackler as you’ll find in the draft. That still has value. Perry could have to wait until the third round to hear his name called, but he might have suitors late in the second. I could easily see Perry going to Green Bay or Pittsburgh and becoming a reliable NFL starter for the next 10 years.

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Sean Davis, Maryland DB — My wildcard of the early rounds was Davis, who I predicted would be a second-round pick. After seven defensive backs went off the board in the first round, I like my chances on that. We know that Seattle loves big, physical defensive backs. If front offices would rather see Davis at safety, then maybe Washington or Pittsburgh could scoop him up.

Christian Hackenberg, Penn State QB — Ah, last but certainly not least, where will Hackenberg end up? Even after three quarterbacks were picked on Day 1, there’s still no favorite as to where the polarizing signal-caller will land. All three quarterbacks taken in the first round were picked by teams that traded up to get them. We know that San Francisco, Cleveland, Dallas, Buffalo, Chicago, New York (NYJ) and maybe even Houston could be in the market for a quarterback. For the sake of predictions, I’ll take Dallas to grab Hackenberg in the third round. That would actually be a dream scenario for Hackenberg with that offensive line and those skill players. But will it happen?