NFL draft 2017: Where does the Big Ten stack up against other Power Five Conferences in producing 1st-rounders?
With the NFL Draft coming up on Thursday, at least one draft projection predicts the Big Ten will have six first round picks. But how has the Big Ten fared in the first round in the past? We looked at the last 10 NFL Drafts to figure out which Power Five Conferences had the most players taken in the first round.
Let’s start with an overall look at how many first-round picks each Power Five Conference has produced over the past 10 years.
Big 12: 45
Big Ten: 40
Big Ten: 6
Big 12: 4
The SEC and the Big Ten each had three players taken with the first 10 picks. Penn State’s Levi Brown went fifth to the Arizona Cardinals. Pitt’s Darrelle Revis was taken 14th by the New York Jets.
Big Ten: 4
Big 12: 1