Posts Tagged ‘Big Ten’


Adrian Clayborn was the Bucs First Round Pick

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN (sense the pattern), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a deal with first round pick Adrian Clayborn, who becomes the first first round pick to sign after two of his other teammates had already done so in Tampa.

Clayborn was selected out of Iowa in the first round by the Bucs, and is expected to contribute immediately to a very talented young defensive line. He underachieved in his senior season, but was still an All American performer.

He is a playmaker in every sense of the word, and is a four down player who can immediately impact this Bucs defense.

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John Clay has been one of the Big Ten’s best running backs over the past few seasons, and would have been a pick in the first two rounds had his season been as successful as predicted.

John Clay is the newest Pittsburgh Steeler

Of course, the Wisconsin Badgers had a three-headed monster at running back last year, so a dip in production by Clay would have been understandable.  Clay was hurt more by being essentially the third option in the backfield towards the latter part of the season.

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Indiana QB Ben Chappell is now a Washington Redskin

Ben Chappell was one of the few bright spots at Indiana last season, and I, like many was surprised to not hear his name called on draft day.  However, once the lockout ended, the Washington Redskins came calling.

Chappell will enter a confusing situation at quarterback for the Redskins, so he could wind up with the starting job this fall if he can impress the coaches early on.  McNabb is almost certainly to be cut, and I have a hard time seeing Rex Grossman hold on to the job for an entire year. 

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Michigan is the clear choice as the question mark in the Legends Division.  Heck, they might even have the most question marks in the NCAA this year.

To start, reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Denard Robinson will be adjusting to a pro style offense,  a far cry from Rich Rodriguez’s spread offense last season.  How he adjusts to getting the ball from under center will have a huge effect on the offense.  If he adjusts seamlessly, Michigan will have a dynamic offense again this year, if he struggles, it will be up to the defense to win games.

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The Legends division appears to be a tough division to win this season as there is no clear-cut favorite.  However, there is a cellar dwellar in the division, and that is Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers had a tough go of it last season, as they limped to a 3-9 record.  While they decided to go in a new direction and named Jerry Kill as their head coach, they still have a lot of rebuilding to do.

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The favorite to reach the Big Ten championship game from the Legends division has to be Nebraska.  Even though they are the newest member of the Big Ten, they may have the best defense to go along with a dominate rushing attack.

While the Big Ten did Nebraska no favors with the schedule, it is looking much more manageable than it once did.  Ohio State will have a new quarterback and a new head coach, and there is a lot of uncertainty with the other Legends division teams this fall.  The biggest game on the schedule appears to be their Big Ten opener at Wisconsin.

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The legends division promises to be wide open this season as the teams are all relatively equally matched, save for Minnesota.  However, the team that I feel is a sleeper has to be Northwestern due to the fact that they won 7 games last fall, and probably would have won more if star quarterback Dan Persa did not go down with an injury during the Iowa game, causing him to miss the finalthree games.

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