To complement ESPN's unveiling of the top 100 players in college football, we've assembled a Big Ten-specific list of the league's top 25 players, based on past performance and future potential.
We've already looked at players who missed the cut, so let's officially kick this off with Nos. 21-25:
25. Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan: He may not get as much publicity as some other teammates, or post up crazy numbers, but Glasgow remains a solid run-stuffer whose value extends beyond the stat sheet. Before Glasgow tore his pectoral muscle in November, Michigan never allowed more than 145 rushing yards in a single game. Afterward? The Wolverines twice surrendered more than 300 yards, to Indiana and Ohio State. Sure, a lot of that is the opponent -- but a lot of it also had to do with the absence of Glasgow.
24. Jordan Westerkamp, WR, Nebraska: According to Pro Football Focus, he's the highest-rated returning receiver among the Power 5. And it sure is hard to argue he's not the best wideout in the Big Ten. He has been making circus-catch highlights like this his whole career, and Westerkamp just seems to have a penchant for the big play. No returning Big Ten wideout caught more balls thrown more than 20 yards last season. No, Westerkamp hasn't yet surpassed 1,000 yards in a single season, but he's a natural playmaker -- and he could cross that plateau in 2016.
23. Mitch Leidner, QB, Minnesota: Mel Kiper Jr. called him a potential first-round "late riser" who's similar to Blake Bortles and Carson Wentz. That's high praise for a passer who owns a 56.4 percent career completion rate. But the fact is that you can't question Leidner's potential or toughness. He has been forced to overcome some key injuries -- here's a photo of his foot, if you happened to skip breakfast -- but he has still helped lead the Gophers to bowls in each of the three seasons he's played.
22. Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa: He's your classic blue-collar Big Ten linebacker. Jewell boasted just one Power-5 scholarship offer out of high school, and he has already become the youngest team captain ever under Kirk Ferentz. He paced the Hawkeyes with a team-leading 126 tackles last season, even adding four interceptions and 7.5 tackles for loss. If you think that success has made him cocky, think again. He has made it through this offseason by focusing on Iowa's only two losses from 2015.
21. Darius Hamilton, DT, Rutgers: He's coming off a medical redshirt due to an unspecified knee injury that kept him out 11 games, but he has always been one of Rutgers' best players. He earned preseason honors in each of the past five years, and he finished with 11.5 tackles for loss in both his sophomore and junior seasons. Sure, his injury is a concern, but it also might lead to a positive. He weighed in at 265 pounds last season, and he's already up to a comfortable 285-plus. That's no longer bad weight; he's hit the weight room hard this offseason.