Every B1G team's best NFL player
Rodger Saffold, OT
For about 20 years, this title belonged to Antwaan Randle El. Now, it belongs to Rodger Saffold. The four-year starter at Indiana has been a critical piece of the Rams’ offensive line since he was drafted in 2010. The guard signed a $31 million deal that will keep him in St. Louis for his prime. If only they had skill players behind him…
Vernon Davis, TE
When healthy, Davis is a top five tight end in the league. The guy who racked up 16.5 yards per catch in college has become one of the biggest athletic freaks at the position.
Tom Brady, QB
Deflategate or not, this isn’t a question.
Le’Veon Bell, RB
Arguably the NFL’s top running back, Bell transformed into more of a slasher following his days in East Lansing. It worked last year when he garnered first-team All-Pro honors.
Donte Whitner, S
Back in his home state, the former Buckeye earned his third straight Pro Bowl nod in 2014. He established himself on those dominant Jim Harbaugh-led 49er defenses in the early part of the decade. That’s exactly the type of association Buckeye fans like to see.
Robbie Gould, K
Yes, a kicker can make the list, too. Who has been as consistent as Gould over the last 10 years? The former Nittany Lion is currently the third most accurate kicker in NFL history. Solid Gould, indeed.
Devin McCourty, S
The twin burst onto the NFL scene in 2010 when he finished second in the league interceptions. Since then, he earned second-team All-Pro honors twice and landed a 5-year, $47.5 million deal in 2015. Not too shabby.
Vontae Davis, CB
Davis is coming off his best year in the NFL, in which he earned his first Pro Bowl selection. His lockdown ability helped the Colts get back to the AFC Championship. Worth noting: He and Vernon Davis are the only brothers that cracked this list.
Marshall Yanda, OG
Four straight trips to the Pro Bowl for a former third-round pick isn’t bad at all. Yanda’s steady presence on the Ravens offensive line earned him first-team All-Pro honors in 2014 after the team was without Ray Rice for the season.
Eric Decker, WR
We finally got to see what the former Gopher was capable of when Peyton Manning came to town. All he did was lead the AFC in touchdown catches. Then he went to the Jets. His feat of nearly eclipsing the 1,000-mark with that quarterback situation is impressive, to say the least.
Ndamukong Suh, DT
The Heisman candidate is a folk hero in the state of Nebraska, no matter how many guys he stomps on. Dirty or not, Suh is as good a defensive tackle there is in the league right now.
Corey Wootton, DE
He ended Brett Favre’s career. Need I say more?
Drew Brees, QB
The former Boilermaker signal-caller has done about everything there is to do in the NFL. He’s won a Super Bowl, a Super Bowl MVP, a pair of NFC MVP awards and is still slinging at age 36. Canton is in his future, but it might have to wait a while longer.
JJ Watt, DE
Nobody is more electric on the defensive end than the former Badger. All the converted tight end has done since coming into the NFL in 2011 is dominate. His two NFL Defensive Player of the Year nods aren’t bad for a guy who’s only been in the league four years.