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The NFL Draft is a week from tonight. The world will stop for it.
Just kidding. The world hasn’t stopped for anything. Yet.
Iowa had only player picked in the 2013 draft, and that was defensive back Micah Hyde to Green Bay in the fifth round. Hyde turned out to be a steal for the Packers, someone who worked his way into the starting lineup as the season grew old.
But Iowa has had more players taken this decade than any other Big Ten program. Does that surprise you? It kind of surprised me.
So without further ado, here are the totals of Big Ten draftees from 2010 to the present:
Iowa 19 (3 first-rounders): The Hawkeyes had six players taken in ‘10, ‘11 and ‘12.
Ohio State 17 (1): OSU had five first-rounders in 2006.
Wisconsin 16 (4). Thirteen of the those 16 players were on offense. Another was a punter.
Illinois 16 (3): The Illini had six players taken in the first two rounds over 2011 and 2012.
Nebraska 16 (2): The last Cornhusker quarterback to get drafted was Eric Crouch in 2002, and he was selected as a wide receiver. The Heisman-winner never played a down in the NFL.
Penn State 16 (1): Penn State had four first-rounders in 2003, but has had just four since.
Michigan State 12 (0): The Spartans haven’t had a first-rounder since 2003.
Rutgers 11 (2): The Scarlet Knights had seven players drafted last year, four of them in the final round.
Michigan 10 (1): Only one Wolverine has been picked higher than 60th since 2009.
Purdue 5 (1): At least one Boilermaker has been drafted each year since 1998.
Indiana 5 (0): The Hoosiers’ last first-rounder was 20 years ago.
Maryland 5 (0): Only one Terrapin has been a Top-100 pick in the last six drafts.
Northwestern 5 (0): No Wildcat has been drafted higher than the fourth round since 2005.
Minnesota 2 (0): Ra’Shede Hageman will be the first Gopher drafted since 2010.