Pro Football Focus selects four B1G players for dream team
Take out the names, the schools, the hype and the B1G still has some studs.
According to Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzolo, the B1G has four players that have performed better than anyone at their respective positions. Palazzolo grades based on a two-point scale that is used to evaluate every player on every play. To see the entire process, click here.
Even through all of that, arguably two of the highest profile B1G players made the cut. The other two players were repeat selections at the same position.
Here’s what Palazzolo had to say about his four B1G selections:
Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State RB, +15.7 as runner/receiver
Elliott continues to be Ohio State’s top offensive weapon after putting up another 153 yards on 27 carries against Penn State. He’s added some good work in the passing game, and we’ve even credited him with a number of good blocks in Ohio State’s passing game, whether leading out in front or in pass protection.
Joey Bosa, Ohio State DE, +38.2
Perhaps the top player in the entire country, don’t be fooled by the low sack totals (we have him with three). His pass rush grade of +21.6 ranks second in the country among edge rushers, and he leads with 14 QB hits. One of these games, he’ll pick up three or four sacks and no one will be questioning his “production.” Bosa also leads the nation with a +17.4 grade against the run.
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan +15.9
A back-and-forth battle against one of the nation’s top receivers in Michigan State’s Aaron Burbridge is not enough to keep Lewis off the team. He was targeted 17 times, all against Burbridge, giving up seven receptions and 109 yards, but he also got his hands on four passes. It was an epic battle by two All-American candidates. For the season, Lewis still boasts the top coverage grade among corners at +14.2, while allowing 35.3 percent of passes to be completed his way and notching a nation-high 12 passes defensed.
Jalen Myrick, Minnesota +14.4
Myrick repeats as the No. 2 corner on the team, as his +12.1 coverage grade comes in right behind Lewis. He’s allowed 17 catches on 35 targets for 183 yards, while intercepting three and defending four others.