1. Big Ten Players Taken In Round 1
LINE: Over 7.5 (-110), Under 7.5 (-+110)
2019 NFL DRAFT PICK: Under
No matter what school or league you root for, take the under on the Big Ten getting 7.5 players into the first round, and then sit back and hope for all the Mississippi State and Alabama guys to go where they should, and expect the ACC to make a nice run late in the round.
A big, surprising dud in last year’s draft, the Big Ten only saw four players get the call in the first round after seven players were selected in 2017.
Even with five Ohio State Buckeyes going early in 2016, you have to go all the way back to 2006 for the last time the Big Ten had more than seven first rounders.
This year, there’s no question that Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Dwayne Haskins, Michigan’s Rashan Gary and Devin Bush, and Iowa’s TJ Hockenson are all top picks. So of course you’ll be nervous that the draft is already up to five Big Teners.
But the options slow down fast.
Iowa TE Noah Fant will probably end up getting picked early, and there’s a shot that Penn State RB Miles Sanders gets into the top 32. Even if both of those things happen, you’re still at seven – and then what?
The best part about this is that there aren’t many other Big Ten players who’ll be sure things to make the top 50, much less the top 32.
Ohio State WR Parris Campbell is a long shot first rounder, and fellow Buckeye Dre’mont Jones MIGHT be able to slide in late if someone doesn’t want to wait for a defensive tackle. If those two get called on Thursday, and Sanders and Fant go, too, you’re dealing with bad luck forces beyond your control.
Michigan DE Chase Winovich? Penn State CB Amani Oruwariye? Maryland S Darnell Savage? Great players all, but not in the first round.
Assume seven, and everything will be fine.