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Analyzing likely replacements for 2014 Big Ten draft picks

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Ohio State cornerback Amari Reeves will take over for first-round draft pick Bradley Roby.

The Big Ten had 30 draft picks in 2014, the fourth-most of any conference this year and a 10-player jump from 2013.

Ohio State led the league with six picks, including two in the first round. The conference had four first-rounders, tied for third-most among the conferences. But Illinois and Northwestern had zero picks, as did Rutgers, which will be a Big Ten member this fall. Maryland, also new to the league, had just one player selected, as did league champ Michigan State.

Here's a look at every Big Ten draft pick this year and who's in line to replace that player this fall.


WR Cody Latimer

Round 2 (56), Denver Broncos
Possibilities: IU lost two of its three starting receivers, and Latimer far and away was the best wideout. Seniors Isaiah Roundtree (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) and Nick Stoner (6-1, 191) -- who began his IU career as a corner before moving to offense late in the 2011 season -- emerged from spring ball as the two new starters. Neither has Latimer's talents. Touted true freshman Dominique Booth (6-1, 208), who enrolled early and went through spring drills, is a guy to keep an eye on in summer camp.

TE Ted Bolser

Round 7 (217), Washington Redskins
Possibilities: Sophomore Danny Friend (6-5, 255) is first in line to replace Bolser, who had 35 of the 36 receptions made by IU tight ends last season. He's a physical guy who has to show he can be a receiving weapon for the pass-happy Hoosiers.


TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

Round 3 (65), Houston Texans
Possibilities: Iowa uses a lot of two-tight end sets. Senior Ray Hamilton (6-5, 252) started three times last season and is most known for his blocking ability. The best receiver at the position is junior Jake Duzey (6-4, 245), who came on strong in the second half of the 2013 season. Offensive coordinator Greg Davis has said he plans to use some three-tight end sets this fall.

LB Christian Kirksey

Round 3 (71), Cleveland Browns
Possibilities: Junior Travis Perry (6-3, 232) is a former walk-on who has played a lot the past two seasons. He had a rough spring, losing 12 pounds because of an illness and also suffering an injury that kept him out of the final spring scrimmage. But of Iowa's three new starting linebackers, he probably is the most known quantity.

LB Anthony Hitchens

Round 4 (119), Dallas Cowboys
Possibilities: Sophomore Reggie Spearman (6-3, 230) was one of just four true freshmen to play for the Hawkeyes last season. He runs well, and coaches like his instincts and football IQ.


CB Dexter McDougle

Round 3 (80), New York Jets
Possibilities: McDougle missed the final 10 games of the 2013 season with an injured shoulder, so the Terps are used to playing without him. Maryland's other starting corner, Jeremiah Johnson, missed 11 games with a broken toe. Sophomore Will Likely (5-7, 195) likely will start at one corner spot. Johnson (5-11, 195), a senior, should start at the other, with junior Alvin Hill (5-11, 200) also in the mix. Hill had an excellent spring while Johnson continued his rehab.


OT Taylor Lewan

Round 1 (11), Tennessee Titans
Possibilities: Sophomore Erik Magnuson (6-6, 295), who started seven games at guard last season, is expected to move to left tackle to replace Lewan. But Magnuson, who struggled at times last season, missed spring practice after having shoulder surgery. True freshman Mason Cole (6-5, 285) enrolled early and looked good at times during spring drills, and he should push Magnuson.

OT Michael Schofield

Round 3 (95), Denver Broncos
Possibilities: Sophomore Ben Braden (6-6, 319) played in just two games last season and needs to make the jump from deep reserve to full-time starter at right tackle. Cole and redshirt freshman David Dawson (6-5, 295) could figure into the mix, too, and Dawson also can play guard. Michigan's offensive line was a mess in the interior last season; it could be a mess at all five positions this season.

WR Jeremy Gallon

Round 7 (244), New England Patriots
Possibilities: True freshman Freddy Canteen (6-1, 170) looked good during spring practice, then starred in the spring game; he will enter summer camp atop the depth chart at Gallon's old position. Sophomore Jehu Chesson (6-3, 195), who started twice and had 15 receptions last season, is the main competition for the starting job.

Michigan State

CB Darqueze Dennard

Round 1 (24), Cincinnati Bengals
Possibilities: Sophomore Darian Hicks (5-10, 181) will take Dennard's spot in the starting lineup; he played in all 14 games as a true freshman last season, but most of his time came on special teams. Hicks played well during the spring. The guy likely to replace Dennard as the best player in the Spartans' secondary is junior Trae Waynes (6-1, 183), a returning starter who should be the best corner in the Big Ten and is a guy who could vie for All-America honors.


DT Ra'Shede Hageman

Round 2 (37), Atlanta Falcons
Possibilities: Junior Scott Ekpe (6-4, 281) has the task of replacing the earliest-drafted Golden Gophers defensive lineman since Carl Eller went sixth overall in 1964. Ekpe has played in every game the past two seasons, but needs to make some big plays this fall if he is to try to come close to truly replacing Hageman.

CB Brock Vereen

Round 4 (131), Chicago Bears
Possibilities: Vereen was drafted as a safety, but he started the final seven games at corner last season, so that's the position we're focusing on. The top candidate looks to be junior Briean Boddy-Calhoun (5-11, 186), who started the first two games but was lost for the season in Game 2 with a knee injury. The other candidate for the vacancy is senior Derrick Wells (6-0, 206), who began his Minnesota career at safety. Wells started five games last season after Boddy-Calhoun was hurt, but was bothered by injuries himself for the second season in a row.


CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Round 2 (58), New Orleans Saints
Possibilities: The Huskers lost both starting corners and also a key reserve at the position. Senior Josh Mitchell (5-11, 160) looks to be a lock for one starting spot, and Mitchell tweeted in late January that he expects to be one of the best corners in the nation this fall. That seems a little much, but, hey, having confidence is a prerequisite for corners, right? The other starting corner should be either junior Jonathan Rose (6-1, 190) or JC transfer Byerson Cockrell (6-0, 180).

G Spencer Long

Round 3 (78), Washington Redskins
Possibilities: Long was lost for the season with a knee injury in the sixth game, so the Huskers already are used to life without him. Senior Mike Moudy (6-5, 305) gets first dibs on the job this season; he missed the final three games last season with a shoulder injury. He has started three games in each of the past two seasons.

WR Quincy Enunwa

Round 6 (209), New York Jets
Possibilities: Senior Kenny Bell will be the Huskers' go-to receiver, and Enunwa's vacant starting spot should go to junior Sam Burtch (6-3, 195). While Bell was Nebraska's leading receiver last season, Enunwa led the league with 12 receiving TDs and Burtch isn't going to come close to that. Junior Taariq Allen (6-3, 200) and true freshman Monte Harrison (6-2, 205) should be in the mix, too. Harrison, though, is a top baseball prospect and might never make it to campus.

Ohio State

LB Ryan Shazier

Round 1 (15), Pittsburgh Steelers
Possibilities: Junior Joshua Perry (6-4, 250) started nine games at strong-side linebacker last season but has switched sides and will be the Buckeyes' weak-side 'backer this season. He is more physical than Shazier but lacks his speed, athleticism and, to this point, big-play capabilities. Redshirt freshman Darron Lee (6-2, 225) will take Perry's old starting job at the other outside spot.

CB Bradley Roby

Round 1 (31), Denver Broncos
Possibilities: Junior Armani Reeves (5-10, 198) started three times last season and had an excellent spring; in addition to taking Roby's old starting spot, Reeves -- who went to high school in Boston -- also appears ready to take over Roby's role as Ohio State's best corner.

RB Carlos Hyde

Round 2 (57), San Francisco 49ers
Possibilities: Sophomore Ezekiel Elliott (6-0, 225) had a strong spring and should go into fall camp atop the depth chart. But unlike last season, when Hyde received the bulk of the carries, it seems likely the Buckeyes have more of a committee approach this fall. Elliott was one of the best high school sprinters in Missouri and has better straight-line speed than Hyde; still, true freshman Curtis Samuel (5-11, 190), who enrolled early and went through spring practice; senior Rod Smith (6-3, 231); and sophomore Bri'onte Dunn (6-0, 216) will challenge Elliott for carries. Smith has talent but has lacked focus and consistency.

OT Jack Mewhort

Round 2 (59), Indianapolis Colts
Possibilities: Junior Taylor Decker (6-7, 315) is the only returning starting lineman for the Buckeyes, but he is moving from right tackle to the left side. Decker, a zoology major, should contend for, at the least, All-Big Ten honors in the fall.

C Corey Linsley

Round 5 (161), Green Bay Packers
Possibilities: Junior Jacoby Boren (6-1, 285) and redshirt freshman Billy Price (6-4, 305) will vie for the starting job. Boren is the third brother from his family to play for the Buckeyes. Price might be the strongest player on the team and was a touted high school defensive lineman.

SS Christian Bryant

Round 7 (241), St. Louis Rams
Possibilities: Bryant only played in five games last season before being lost with an injury, so the Buckeyes already have adjusted to life without him. Thing is, the guy who replaced him, Corey "Pitt" Brown, was a senior. Sophomore Tyvis Powell (6-3, 205) is a big, physical guy who can run, and he had a strong spring at strong safety. Fellow sophomores Cameron Burrows (6-0, 208) and Vonn Bell (5-11, 200) are in line for the starting job at free safety with the departure of C.J. Barnett.

Penn State

WR Allen Robinson

Round 2 (61), Jacksonville Jaguars
Possibilities: Sophomore Geno Lewis (6-1, 201) ended 2013 on a high note, catching two TD passes in an upset of Wisconsin. Lewis should be the go-to guy this fall for rising-star QB Christian Hackenberg. Lewis has good hands and the speed to get deep.

DT DaQuan Jones

Round 4 (112), Tennessee Titans
Possibilities: There are high hopes for sophomore Austin Johnson (6-4, 302), who made two starts and was a key reserve last season. Johnson has the potential to provide a pass rush from the interior and should be a force against the run.

G John Urschel

Round 5 (175), Baltimore Ravens
Possibilities: Junior Angelo Mangiro (6-3, 304) was a national top-100 recruit in the 2011 class, but he will be a first-time starter this fall. He is one of three new starters along the offensive line. Mangiro also has experience at center, and could end up there. But he will go into fall camp as a starting guard.


CB Ricardo Allen

Round 5 (147), Atlanta Falcons
Possibilities: Junior Anthony Brown (5-11, 192) started at safety last season but moved to corner this spring and looks as if he will take over for Allen. Like Allen, Brown is a Florida native. Brown has good speed but needs to show he can be a playmaker.

OT Kevin Pamphile

Round 5 (149), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Possibilities: Pamphile lacked consistency last season but still started every game, and his loss leaves a void. Touted JC transfer David Hedelin (6-6, 285) was a late signee; he committed to Michigan State but didn't follow though with the Spartans. Hedelin should compete with senior Jack De Boef (6-7, 290), who has played in just six games in his career. One issue: Hedelin faces a five-game NCAA suspension for playing for a club team in his native Sweden, but it should be reduced. How many games is the question.

Take a look at the best college players to watch in the fall.


S Dezmen Southward

Round 3 (68), Atlanta Falcons
Possibilities: Sophomore Nate Hammon (6-1, 196) was a high school quarterback who had planned to play wide receiver for the Badgers. But he adapted quickly to safety last fall and started twice. He has big shoes to fill, and safety looks to be a vulnerable spot on Wisconsin's defense.

LB Chris Borland

Round 3 (77), San Francisco 49ers
Possibilities: Senior Marcus Trotter (6-0, 233) is expected to replace Borland, who was both the emotional and physical leader of the Badgers' defense. Trotter started twice last season, but has played in just 14 career games and there is going to be a drop-off in play from Borland to Trotter.

RB James White

Round 4 (130), New England Patriots
Possibilities: While White led the Badgers in rushing last season, he shared carries with Melvin Gordon, and Gordon (6-1, 207), a junior, will be the unquestioned feature back this season. Sophomore Cory Clement (5-11, 210) is expected to be the No. 2 tailback, which should mean around 10-12 carries per game.

WR Jared Abbrederis

Round 5 (176), Green Bay Packers
Possibilities: No returning wide receiver had more than 10 receptions last season, so replacing Abbrederis (78 receptions, seven TDs) is going to be impossible. The receiving corps is going to have much more of a share-the-wealth philosophy this season. Senior Kenzel Doe (5-8, 170), junior Jordan Fredrick (6-4, 210) and sophomore Rob Wheelwright (6-2, 198) will vie to become the go-to receiver. That trio has a combined 11 starts and 54 receptions in their careers.

NT Beau Allen

Round 7 (224), Philadelphia Eagles
Possibilities: Senior Warren Herring will get the nod at Allen's old spot. Herring (6-3, 294) had four sacks last season and should be more disruptive than Allen. The key, though, is how well he holds up against the run.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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