Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball (28) runs the ball as his team plays the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Roundtable: Who Is The Best Big Ten Player in the Draft?


With the 2013 NFL Draft only a few hours away, the staff of Writing Illini gives their opinions about which Big Ten player in the 2013 NFL Draft is truly the best and has the best potential to be great in the NFL.

Ricky: There are a ton of quality prospects from the Big Ten in this year’s draft, but the best player has to be running back Montee Ball. He is a hard working and reliable back and is willing to stand up to blitzers when protecting the quarterback. NFL.com lists “smaller back with a lot of wear on his tires” as a weakness for Ball. However, I do not think this is a weakness. If Ball is a hard working back, then things will work out.

Look at Ray Rice, people said he was a smaller back and questioned it. Now, he is THE running for the Baltimore Ravens. With the right team, Ball could do wonders. A perfect fit for Ball would be the Green Bay Packers.

Austin: Kawann Short has the potential to be the best player in this year’s draft from the Big Ten. The defensive tackle had a great career at Purdue, and defensive tackles are more likely to translate into good NFL players.

The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer along with staff writer Austin Jabs.

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