The Big Ten had a relatively forgettable first round in this year's NFL draft.
Looking ahead to Big Ten in second round of NFL draftOnly three players were taken Thursday night -- Iowa OT Brandon Scherff, Michigan State CB Trae Waynes and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon -- when, in March, ESPN.com's Mel Kiper projected as many as eight Big Ten players would come off the board on Day 1. The B1G also had at least four first-round selections in four of the past five drafts.
Still, it's not exactly time to panic. As a matter of fact, the Big Ten could be in for quite a memorable second round on Friday night.
Eight current B1G players are ranked within the top 30 remaining athletes. And, if those projections hold up, it would be the conference's most second-round selections in at least the past five draft classes. (The Big Ten had seven such picks in 2012.)
There are no guarantees, of course, and there's a chance some players slip past the second round -- or, possibly, some might move up --but here's a closer look at those eight players, where they rank and the teams that need them most based on Todd McShay's top draft needs:
No. 11 -- WR Devin Funchess, Michigan: Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs