The Big Ten postseason player rankings, based on past performance and future potential, continue with ...
Jammie Kirlew, DE, Indiana, Sr., 6-3, 259
Preseason rank: 19
Why he's here: Kirlew might be the most anonymous back-to-back all-conference selection in the country. Sure, he plays for Indiana, which isn't known for its defense, but few defensive linemen in the country have been more productive since the start of the 2008 season. Kirlew finished seventh in the Big Ten in both sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (15.5) after ranking second and third in the league in 2008. He also finished second in the league in both forced fumbles (5) and fumbles recovered (3) this season. He was a consensus second-team All-Big Ten selection after earning first-team all-league honors from the media in 2008.
After appearing in 48 career games and starting 41, Kirlew wound up with 220 career tackles, including 52.5 for loss and 23 sacks, to go along with nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. The productive linemen should have a future in the NFL and most likely will be drafted in the later rounds in April.
No. 29: Northwestern DE Corey Wootton
No. 27: Ohio State LG Justin Boren
No. 26: Iowa S Tyler Sash
No. 24: Penn State C Stefen Wisniewski
No. 23: Michigan CB Donovan Warren
No. 22: Northwestern CB Sherrick McManis
No. 21: Ohio State DE Thaddeus Gibson