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The NFL Combine is slated to take place Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis, with 330 players primed to strut their stuff.
That means draft talk is about to hit a fever pitch. To prime the pump, Mike Mayock of the NFL Network recently released his top five players at each position. And the Big Ten was well-represented.
There were no Big Ten players at quarterback, running back or receiver. But Michigan’s Jake Butt is listed No. 4 among tight ends. Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk is No. 1 among offensive tackles. And Indiana’s Dan Feeney is No. 3 among the guards.
On defense, Michigan State’s Malik McDowell is No. 3 among interior linemen, while Michigan’s Chris Wormley is No. 5. Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore is No. 2 at cornerback and teammate Malik Hooker is the No. 1 safety. Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers is the No. 3 safety.
Mayock has another category called “Special Exceptions” for players who are not ranked in the top 5 at their position but have special value elsewhere—like special teams. In this category, Ohio State’s Curtis Samuel is No. 2, while Iowa’s Desmond King is No. 4.