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20 picks from the Big 10. Rutgers had 7. I think with conference stability behind them they will be a force. Lots of NY/NJ/eastern PA talent.
Yea, and they still suck year in and year out... They have always been in the hunt in the Big East but thats not saying a whole lot. We need to stop looking for other teams to try and salvage what left of a reputation this conference once had. It ain't happening until they start opening up them check books a little more. I don't care how much you gotta play players and coaches, just get it done. But then again, I truly don't care. I'm a Buckeye fan, not a BigTen fan.
I would tend to agree with you, because this conf needs to pay more for coaches and look get and wide for talent and when you know teams like Iowa won't recruit outside of there area it becomes sickening. This should be a huge wake up call for the conf.
So Rutgers would've consisted of more then 25% of the BIG players drafted? Yikes....
The SEC had 63......
This post was edited by BuckeyeREF 12 months ago
I was watching the draft and I was shocked as I saw 3 of their defensive backs come off the board. Were they really that good defensively? So I looked it up...yeah, they were pretty good. They were ranked 4th nationally. I'm not sure how good they are at reloading though. My guess is that ranking comes down a but this year.
I have said this before but the main problem with the Big-10 not producing elite level talent isn't Iowa or the other programs problems. It OSU, Michigan and Penn State all being down. Your conference bell-cow programs have to produce not the mid-level. I mean come on OSU has had one first round pick in the last 4 years, and that was a late first Cam Heyward. Michigan has had one and PSU one as well. Hell Wisky has had four, Iowa and Illinois three in the last four years. They have tripled and quadrupled the elite level talent of OSU. This can't happen.
Now this year OSU has what 3 kids even drafted and just one in the first three rounds. Michigan and Penn State have not even one. If ten years ago you said OSU, Michigan and Penn State would produce one NFL pick in the first 3 rounds of the draft you wouldn't have believed it.
The silver lining is OSU and Michigan have a ton of young talent on their rosters and this year may be the bottoming out of the conference to rise up again.
The Big East champ took down a pretty good Florida team this year. Rutgers pulls a few very high end players each year from NJ (savon huggins, darius hamilton, etc) but just don't fill out the class as well. That depth will be easier to get when they are playing OSU, Michigan etc. and in a stable conference.
As for their defense, it was excellent this year. I don't know them well enough to opine on what is sitting behind them on the depth chart. That said, my in laws were really excited about all the kids last year, most of which red shirted. I'd bet they come into the big ten and finish .500 in the conference or better in 2014 depending on who they draw from the west.
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