NFL.com ranked the top 25 college football teams by NFL talent heading into 2017 — the Buckeyes were No. 1, beating out Alabama and Clemson. NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein writes, “Ohio State is beating Alabama at its own game, loading up on talent for its defensive front…Offensively, scouts are excited about Billy Price and Jamarco Jones up front.” Four other Big 10 teams joined the Buckeyes in the top 25 of the NFL talent rankings: No. 9 Michigan, No. 14 Penn State, No. 15 Wisconsin, and No. 20 Northwestern. Read the full rankings here.
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