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Path to the Draft: Big Ten Week

Posted by Taylor Price on March 14, 2011 – 9:24 AM

49ers.com’s 2011 Path to the Draft coverage switches gears from the fastest conference in college football (SEC) to perhaps the most powerful, the Big Ten Conference.

There’s plenty of NFL-caliber players coming out of the conference on a yearly basis and 2011 is no different. We’ll take a look at some of the Big Ten’s top players with “At the Podium” press conferences from the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine as well as “Draft Spotlight” features on some of the key players.

Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State all shared a piece of the conference crown in 2010, but the Badgers got the Rose Bowl nod thanks to their higher BCS ranking. They lost to TCU in the “Granddaddy of them all” but still had a remarkable season. Enjoy Big Ten conference coverage all week on 49ers.com, and in the mean time, let us know which players from the conference that you could see wearing 49ers red and gold next season.


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16 Responses to “Path to the Draft: Big Ten Week”

  1. By Dominoe lamb on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    I think safety dejon Gomes will be a great addition to your team he is receiving his degree this spring he is fast 4.47 combine time big and strong with 98 tackles and 3 int one touchdown he is a proven tackler and a ball hawk with all the stud db on his Nebraska team he still stood out and made all conference and will translate to the next level very well Height 6’0, 208 pounds he is a upgrade from current personal that’s for sure great guy no character issues doesnt drink are smoke not never I’n his life great young man

  2. By ishmael stagner on Mar 14, 2011 | Reply

    I think that the niners should get one of the big tackles or guards from Wisconsin. That would make Rachal work a little harder.

  3. By russ on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    draft day:

    1st round: options 7th pick trade back 3 slots and take Julio Jones,or AJ Green (pick up a 4th or 5th rd pick moving back) <don't let Sam Bradford get these guys…we have to play keep away

    2nd round: QB / ponder, QB mallet

    3rd round: barney-db UNC

    4th round: trade to Washington for D.Mcnabb

    5th round: a center /options open

    6th round: special teams help

  4. By mike on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    I think the niners should get amukamara with the 7th pick if they are not able to get peterson.

  5. By Angel on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    With the exception of DB Peterson, all the QUALITY players they need to draft are right in your backyard on the west coast (PAC 10)- CAL, ORE. ORE ST. STANFORD, WASH. UCLA, ARIZ. USC).

  6. By Kev on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    The Niners have 2 7th rd picks as well, I just hope that there will not be a boycott because it would be stupid if they did.

  7. By Edward on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    There are many people I think we should draft: From the SEC I would like to See either Patrick Perterson or Marcel Dareus in a niners uni. I do not want to see a quarterback taken in the first round. Blaine Gabbert looks good coming from the big 12 but is it really worth the risk. As for the Big 10 prospects. John Clay would make a nice fullback at the next level and if Clayborn or Balard from Iowa slip to round two for us I would love to see them picked up. Switching gears, there is a Safety from Wyoming who put up extremely impressive numbers at his pro day we should really look at. S Chris Prosinski is the safety of whom I speak of.

  8. By Edward on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    @russ. McNabb really, that guy is washed up… We can’t find anything better than what we have if we retain Alex Smith. It would be a waste of a fourth round pick.

  9. By Edward on Mar 15, 2011 | Reply

    can you say run stoppage: DL Anthony Gray (5-11 3/4, 330) From southern miss might be a nice pick up for a late round pick. That is Vince wilfork like bulk you can’t build.

  10. By christian bouchard on Mar 17, 2011 | Reply

    i like to see patrick peterson if he still avilaible …. cam newton and von miller would be my second and third choice. kevin kolb would solve the short term need of our team … depend on the draft .who gonna play and where if heitman come back with staley,davis lupati and baas..

  11. By Joe on Mar 17, 2011 | Reply

    Please, No more Alex Smith have the Niners learned anything from this guy after five years. I wish the Niners would draft Cam Newton, and maybe get Mcnab to school Cam for a year or so.

  12. By Angel on Mar 18, 2011 | Reply

    This year the PAC 10 has many players that are Pro quality! Sorry Big ten!!

    Stanford(FB DL) , Oregon (LB DL), Ore. State (RB. DL), Cal (DL.RB) USC (OL), UCLA (DS. DL) Ariz. Dl, LB) Ariz. St. (OL,TE) and Washington( QB. DL) has at least two keepers each! The 49ers will take Peterson if you is still there or one the top rushers, then go all PAC 10 with its choices! Remember this! I may sound bias, but I know what I am talking about!

  13. By Sf49er on Mar 19, 2011 | Reply

    Ryan Mallet!!!!!! He is the next P. Rivers!!!!

  14. By Conrad on Mar 20, 2011 | Reply

    First off, i will not renew my tixs until Alex Smith is gone period. This years QBs not too impressive. I would fill void for 1 yr with McNabb, we have the offensive weapons just need to work on offensive line blocking with rookies/right side. We should get a power DE like member that Charles Haley guy that won SUPERBOWLS? Then next year 2012 draft on QB from Stanford? Offense A Defense A++

  15. By Jim on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Stop it with the wide receivers. We don’t need to waste a pick on a wide receiver.. .

  16. By Angel on Mar 21, 2011 | Reply

    Please stop this mis-information about the Big Ten. For the record, the PAC to and West Coast school have provided more quality talent than the big ten! Look at the record of All Pros as well as starters! Please stop this non-sense about big ten- they are small ten when it comes to cream of crop in Pros!!

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