The Big Ten’s All-NFL Draft Team: The highest pick at every position in conference history
Penn State’s Ki-Jana Carter (32) is chased by Oregon’s Alex Molden (1) as he heads for the end zone on the Nittany Lions’ first possession of the 81st Rose Bowl against Oregon in 1995 AP Photo/Reed Saxon
Which current Big Ten program produced the highest drafted NFL quarterback? What about wide receiver or defensive tackle?
In the 82-year history of the NFL Draft there have been 13 No. 1 overall selections produced by current Big Ten Conference members. And they’re all here on The Big Ten’s ‘All-NFL Draft Team’ – a squad consisting of the highest pick at every position in conference history.
This team is solely based off of selections in the NFL Draft. Illinois star Jim Grabowski, despite being taken with the No. 1 overall selection in the 1966 AFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins, was the No. 9 overall pick in the 1966 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.
Every player on this list must have played that position in the NFL. For example, All-American center Dan Currie, of Michigan State, the No. 3 overall pick in the 1958 NFL Draft, played linebacker in the NFL. Nebraska’s All-American guard Bob “Boomer” Brown, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1964 NFL Draft, carved out a Pro Football Hall of Fame career at offensive tackle. Neither player is on this list.
Again, this list features the highest drafted player at every position by current Big Ten members. There will be players on this list that played for a current Big Ten team when, at the time, that program belonged to a different conference.
Some positions had ties for the highest drafted player in which case all players were listed. Read on to find out which gridiron greats made the Big Ten’s All-NFL Draft Team.
At left is Randy Duncan, the Iowa quarterback who was named on the Associated Press All-American team. Holding the ball is Cal quarterback Joe Kapp. AP Photo