The Big Ten postseason player rankings, based on past performance and future potential, continue with ...
Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota, Sr., 6-2, 220
Preseason rank: 3
DeckerWhy he's here: Decker was the Big Ten's best offensive player through the month of September, and he might have been the nation's best wide receiver, too. After two solid seasons as a starter, he finally got some much-deserved national recognition after monster performances against Syracuse, Air Force and Cal. Decker eclipsed 100 receiving yards in four of his first five games and hauled in five touchdowns during the span. His production dipped a bit during October, and he suffered a season-ending foot injury Oct. 24 against Ohio State.
If Decker played a full season, he almost certainly would have ended up in the top five of the rankings. Even after his injury, he still earned first-team All-Big Ten honors from the Big Ten coaches, the ultimate sign of respect. The record-setting Decker will go down as quite possibly the greatest wide receiver in Minnesota history. Decker's NFL prospects are hazy, as he'll undergo another surgery March 15 and won't be able to run until June. If he can recapture the form he showed before the injury, he'll be a valuable asset as a slot receiver at the next level.
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
No. 20: Indiana DE Jammie Kirlew
No. 19: Iowa LB Pat Angerer
No. 18: Wisconsin DE O'Brien Schofield
No. 17: Illinois WR Arrelious Benn
No. 16: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan
No. 15: Penn State RB Evan Royster
No. 14: Iowa CB Amari Spievey
No. 13: Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor
No. 12: Penn State LB Sean Lee
No. 11: Ohio State S Kurt Coleman