We knew the Big Ten would struggle this year without a ton of high prospects, but it has been worse than expected. The conference nearly was shut out of the first round before the Dallas Cowboys selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick with the No. 31 overall pick. Alabama had three players selected in a row from No. 9 to No. 11.
Any conference will be light in the draft when its premier institutions don't have players picked. Michigan's Denard Robinson arguably was the biggest household name from the league, and he's dropped beyond the third round. The Wolverines haven't had a single player taken yet.
Their biggest draft prospect was left tackle Taylor Lewan. He was expected to be a first-round pick, but returned for his senior season. This is the first time since 2009 that Michigan hasn't had a player selected in the first three rounds.
Just not a good year for the Big Ten.