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Big Ten lunch links

5/9/2014

Fourteen Big Ten programs combined to produce four first-round NFL draft picks. Louisville, Northern Illinois and Buffalo together had five. Eleven of 32 came from the SEC. Discuss.

  • A big night at the NFL draft for Michigan's Taylor Lewan, who landed with the Titans at No. 11 to lead off a better opening day for the league.

  • Ohio State's defensive duo, Ryan Shazier at No. 15 to the Steelers and Bradley Roby at No. 31, went to the Broncos.

  • And Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard found a home with the Bengals at No. 24.

  • Michigan’s other offensive tackle, Michael Schofield, has used a family struggle as his motivation to prepare for this draft.

  • Former Indiana receiver Cody Latimer went to New York to hear his name called at the draft. He’s still waiting.

  • Also waiting, defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hagemen of Minnesota, which hasn’t had a player drafted since Eric Decker in 2010. And the wait is almost over, too, for Wisconsin’s Chris Borland.

  • Tracking the Maryland prospects for the second through seventh rounds.

  • Meanwhile, Purdue’s 15-year streak of landing at least one player in the draft is in jeopardy.

  • Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel lands the presidency at Youngstown State after he was bypassedat the University of Akron.

  • What to do this offseason? Shane Morris can play catch ... with himself.

  • Michigan State appears interested in the younger brother of tight end Dylan Chmura.

  • James Franklin and the Penn State coaches continue their 17-stop caravan in Pittsburgh. Can the grayshirting of recruits help PSU overcome its scholarship limitations.

  • Former Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage earns the endorsement of ex-coach Greg Schiano.

  • Former Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz will remain on staff in 2014 as a graduate assistant. An appeal is deniedfor the summer jail sentence in Colorado for offensive tackle Alex Lewis is denied.

  • Minnesota loses a backup defensive lineman to North Dakota.

  • Kirk Ferentz marches to the beat of his own drum in recruiting, but even he occasionally extends a scholarship offer to a high school freshman.