B1G players in Kiper's latest projections

ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has produced another set of top 5 lists, which examine the top prospects at each position as April gets closer. The scouting combine is all wrapped up, and pro day fever is upon us as players rise and fall on the draft boards.

Let's see where Big Ten players rank in Kiper’s rundowns.

No. 1 fullback: Bradie Ewing, Wisconsin

No. 5 tight end: Brian Linthicum, Michigan State

No. 2 offensive tackle: Riley Reiff, Iowa

No. 5 offensive tackle: Mike Adams, Ohio State

No. 4 guard: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

No. 1 center: Peter Konz, Wisconsin

No. 3 center: David Molk, Michigan

No. 5 center: Mike Brewster, Ohio State

No. 3 defensive end: Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

No. 5 defensive tackle: Jerel Worthy, Michigan State

No. 2 outside linebacker: Lavonte David, Nebraska

No. 2 kicker: Philip Welch, Wisconsin

No. 4 kicker: Derek Dimke, Illinois

No. 5 punter: Eric Guthrie, Iowa

Thoughts: Center was undoubtedly the Big Ten’s strongest position in 2011, so it's not surprising to see three players in the top 5. Brewster’s stock seemed to drop a bit during the season and in the pre-draft events, while Molk improved his position and Konz appears to have made the right choice in bypassing his senior season. Linthicum and Adams are two players who helped their cause in pre-draft events, and David also has put himself in a good position. David's Nebraska teammate, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, has seen his stock drop after being pegged as a likely first-round pick several months ago.

I'm surprised not to see Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins and Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still on the list (although Still is pictured in the story). Cousins appeared to show well at the combine and should find himself in that next mix of quarterbacks behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. It wouldn't surprise me to see Cousins drafted ahead of Brock Osweiler and potentially Brandon Weeden. Still, the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, hasn't received as much hype as I thought as a potential first-round pick.

I might favor Dimke over Welch after the way Dimke ended his career, but Kiper has been high on Welch for some time.

It'll be interesting to see how these lists change after all the pro days are complete.