If there is one thing that seems to be a shared belief among college football analysts heading into the 2016 season, it is that the Big Ten Conference will have some of the brightest stars in the nation.
In the early 2017 mock drafts, we have seen Big Ten talent dominating the first-round.
But that’s not where their dominance will begin.
According to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach, as many as eight players from the conference could make the All-American team this year; the most of any conference.
On the offensive side of the ball, Schlabach tabbed Michigan tight end Jake Butt, Ohio State guard Pat Elflein and Indiana guard Dan Freeney. On defense, Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell, Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers, Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis and Iowa corner Desmond King are the standouts.
That is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to talent within the conference.
If all of the players live up to their talent this season, we could see some of the most promising NFL prospects emerging every Saturday when the Big Ten takes the field.
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