Which 2021 NFL Draft prospects from the Big Ten have the most to gain?
As the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 have been playing through their 2020 season, they are about to be joined by another Power Five conference as the Big Ten is set to resume play. In the wake of the news that the Big Ten was returning, numerous 2021 NFL Draft prospects decided to opt back in for the season in order to give their draft stock a boost before the NFL Scouting Combine rolls around.
Names like Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis and Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman headlined such players, both projected first round picks, as they look to compete for a Big Ten title and beyond in 2020. There are plenty of storylines to follow as the Big Ten returns to play as well: can Ohio State make it back to the College Football Playoffs? Can Michigan finally beat their rivals? What does the future hold for Michigan State as they start their first season without Mike D’Antonio?
A year ago, the Big Ten saw five players land in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft in the form of Chase Young, Jeffrey Okudah, and Tristan Wirfs, Damon Arnette, and Cesar Ruiz. With the 2021 NFL Draft right around the corner, there are a ton of Big Ten prospects to be excited about as well.
However, the purpose of this article is to explore the guys set to return to the field this weekend with the most to gain. Here are five prospects from the Big Ten who could see a massive rise to their draft stock should they put a solid season of tape out there in 2020.