Big Ten newsmakers: 5 bargains and 5 busts among B1G’s NFL Draft picks and free agents
Ohio State sophomore secondary members Malik Hooker (24) and Marshon Lattimore (2) both were chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. And both made this list, one as a bargain, the other as a bust.
It’s sometimes a crap shoot exactly which draftees hit big and which sink into unpredictable misfortune. But these are the five Big Ten players I think are most likely to exceed and the five who’ll most probably fall short of their status in the 2017 NFL Draft.
First the five who I think will exceed their positions in the just completed NFL Draft and prove to be savvy picks relative to their spots in the long run, ranked in ascending order of potential reward.
Taco Charlton (33) chases Trace McSorley during Michigan’s 49-10 rout of Penn State in September.
Not super-athletic but long and powerful and all about using his hands to create and exploit leverage. I guess the question for Dallas fans is: Why draft Charlton after David Irving’s move to DE and big late-season coming out? Well, if the Cowboys want to upgrade their pass rush, can you have too many of these guys? Charlton is another prospect who won’t wow you with his first step, so there’s that concern. I will bet that his ability to take care of business both inside and out on first and second down will fulfill the value of the pick.
Chris Godwin (12) leaps past Ohio State’s Gareon Conley (8) during first half of Lions’ 24-21 win in October.