National Football League Selects 28 Big Ten Student-Athletes in 2009 Draft
April 27, 2009
Twenty-eight Big Ten Conference student-athletes were selected during the 2009 National Football League (NFL) Draft held over the weekend, including four first-round picks from three different institutions. The Big Ten boasted 15 players chosen in the first three rounds, a total that ranked second among all conferences, while eight schools featured at least one selection during the seven rounds.
Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin was the Big Ten's first selection at No. 11 overall by Buffalo. Ohio State defensive back Malcolm Jenkins was chosen next at No. 14 by New Orleans, and was joined by another first-round Buckeye in running back Chris "Beanie" Wells, picked at No. 31 by Arizona. Illinois defensive back Vontae Davis was also selected in the first round by Miami at No. 25 overall.
Ohio State led the way for the Big Ten with seven picks on the weekend, including four in the first two rounds. The Buckeyes were one of only four teams with seven or more draftees along with Southern California (11), Oregon State (7) and South Carolina (7). Penn State ranked second among Big Ten schools with five selections, making the Nittany Lions one of only 15 teams with five or more draft picks.
The entire list of conference draftees appears below.
The Big Ten will hold the 2009 Football Media Days and 38th annual Kickoff Luncheon on Monday and Tuesday, July 27-28, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, featuring all 11 head coaches and some of the conference's top returning players. The 114th season of Big Ten football kicks off beginning with every team in action on Sept. 3 or 5.
3. (35) James Laurinaitis, Ohio State (St. Louis)
4. (36) Brian Robiskie, Ohio State (Cleveland)