Big Ten rankings: No. 17, DeVier Posey

The Big Ten preseason player rankings, based on past performance and 2010 potential, continue with ...

No. 17: DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State, Jr., 6-2, 200

2009 numbers: Ranked sixth in the Big Ten in receptions per game (4.62) and seventh in receiving yards average (63.7 ypg) last season; hauled in eight touchdown catches, which ranked third among the league's top pass-catchers; had five or more receptions in seven games last season.

Most recent ranking: Unranked in the 2009 postseason player rankings.

Making the case for Posey: Posey had a nice season in 2009, but he should really soar this fall, especially if his quarterback and close friend Terrelle Pryor continues to make strides. The Buckeyes junior has all the talent and experience to be an All-Big Ten wide receiver in 2010. Like Pryor, Posey recorded one of his best performances in the Rose Bowl victory against Oregon, racking up eight receptions for 101 yards and an electrifying touchdown grab. He works well with fellow starting wideout Dane Sanzenbacher and can make big plays in the red zone. Ohio State has had only four receivers record 1,000-yard seasons in team history, most recently with Michael Jenkins (1,076) in 2002. Posey has a good chance to add his name to the list this fall.

The rundown

  • No. 25: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

  • No. 24: Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure

  • No. 23: Iowa DT Karl Klug

  • No. 22: Northwestern LB Quentin Davie

  • No. 21: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins

  • No. 20: Ohio State LB Brian Rolle

  • No. 19: Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien

  • No. 18: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi