Big 10 Legends: Top 2012 Draft Prospects

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As NCAA football will be starting before we know it, we’re going to give you a quick preview from the vantage point of the 2012 NFL Draft – detailing the top prospect on each of the BCS Conference teams.

Today we look at the Legends Division of the Big 10 – you can also check out the NFL Draft sleepers for the Big 10: Legends Division at BuffaloBillsDraft.com later today.

Iowa
Riley Reiff, OT (6-5/305)

Bryan Bulaga, Robert Gallery, Marshal Yanda, and many more Hawkeye offensive linemen had a pretty good off-season – be it earning a Superbowl ring or signing a big free-agent contract. Riley Reiff will be the next Iowa left tackle to leave his mark on the NFL Draft. Another year with O-line guru Kirk Ferentz and Reiff could easily sneak into the top 15 of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Michigan
David Molk, C (6-2/290)

Molk is an experienced center that has helped keep a Michigan team in turmoil on solid footing. He makes solid line-calls and is equally good in the passing and run game. This Wolverine should compete with Mike Brewster and Ben Jones for the top center spot in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Michigan State
Jerel Worthy, DL (6-3/305)

Worthy is as strong as a bull – pulling down running backs when he seemingly has no chance to make a tackle. He fought double teams for a good portion of the 2010 season, and he probably will in 2011 as well. Don’t worry about his stats, this prospect can be a force in the NFL.

Minnesota
Troy Stoudemire, CB (5-10/190)

It’s tough to find a sure-thing draft prospect on the Gophers squad this year, but Stoudemire will be an intriguing UDFA at worst. His return skills will give him some looks from NFL scouts.

Nebraska
Jared Crick, DL (6-6/295)

Crick, who first caught our eye when watching Ndamukong Suh, is not quite up to the level of his former teammate. That said, he can certainly be a 1st-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft with his combination of size, strength, and technique. Both 4-3 and 3-4 teams will give this Cornhusker a look.

Northwestern
Vince Browne, DE (6-5/265)

Browne isn’t an elite athlete, but he seems to have the knack for playing football. Some NFL team will find a spot for this kid and he will work his butt off until they are happy with him. Browne is probably looking at a 3rd or 4th round grade from us.

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