Pro Football Weekly has revealed its 2010 All-America squad, which is a little different than most versions.
According to a news release, PFW selects its team using "considerable feedback from NFL evaluators taking into consideration a player’s pure talent and contribution to his team. Unlike many other teams rewarding the best college football players, PFW places an extra premium on true talent and draft value in the selection process."
Only two Big Ten players made the All-America team -- Wisconsin tight end Lance Kendricks and Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt -- although nine others from the league were named honorable mention.
Here's the breakdown:
Wisconsin TE Lance Kendricks
Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt
Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure
Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi
Wisconsin G John Moffitt
Penn State G Stefen Wisniewski
Ohio State C Mike Brewster
Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan
Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn
Illinois DT Corey Liuget
Michigan State ILB Greg Jones
It's interesting to see Watt get the nod ahead of both Kerrigan and Clayborn. Watt, of course, has a big decision to make after the Rose Bowl about whether to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The fact that these NFL evaluators put him ahead of seniors like Kerrigan and Clayborn is revealing. Illinois' Leshoure and Liuget and Ohio State's Brewster are three other Big Ten underclassmen getting high marks from the NFL folks. It'll be interesting to see who makes the jump after the bowl season.
I'm a little surprised to see Carimi bumped down to honorable mention in favor of Colorado's Nate Solder and Boston College's Anthony Castonzo. Carimi, the Outland Trophy winner, seems likely to be the first Big Ten player selected in April's NFL draft. He looked like the nation's most dominant offensive lineman to me, but I don't evaluate NFL players.
Anyway, an interesting list. What do you think?