Linemen on both sides of the ball will be popular come NFL draft time, Todd McShay writes Wednesday.
That means good news for Iowa left tackle Bryan Bulaga.
Bulaga appears at No. 6 -- by far his highest rating -- in McShay's latest first-round projection.
According to McShay, Bulaga will go to the Seattle Seahawks, who are looking to replace Walter Jones. Bulaga, the Big Ten's Offensive Lineman of the Year, decided to forgo his senior season and enter the draft.
McShay writes: "Bulaga still has room to improve in pass protection, but he displays the feet and balance to develop into a very good overall starting left tackle in the NFL."
The next Big Ten selection doesn't come until No. 22, when New England is projected to select Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham. McShay thinks Graham will be used as an outside linebacker and writes, "If used properly, though, Graham can excel in the NFL, and he appears to be in Bill Belichick's wheelhouse with his nonstop motor, excellent technique and good overall football intelligence."
Illinois wide receiver Arrelious Benn slips into the first round at No. 29 (New York Jets). McShay acknowledges Benn's struggles as a junior but writes that the wideout "is a better prospect than his 2009 production might indicate."
Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick rounds out the Big Ten contingent at No. 30 (Minnesota Vikings). McShay thinks Odrick could be a potential successor to one half of the "Williams Wall," as Pat Williams is 37 and nearing retirement.