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Buckeyes drop seven spots in playoff ranking

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 7:24 PM

Ohio State’s Urban Meyer reacts to a play during the first half against Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer reacts to a play during the first half against Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

The Big Ten took a big hit in the second week of the College Football Playoff rankings, which were announced Tuesday night.

The Ohio State Buckeyes (7-2, 5-1) dropped from No. 6 to No. 13 after losing 55-24 at Iowa. Penn State (7-2, 4-2) fell from No. 7 to No. 14 after losing 27-24 at Michigan State (7-2, 5-1).

Penn State’s loss was Michigan State’s gain. The Spartans climbed from No. 24 to No. 12. Ohio State hosts Michigan State on Saturday.

Wisconsin (9-0, 6-0) has the best playoff hopes of any Big Ten team, though it lacks a signature victory. The Badgers climbed one spot to No. 8.

After beating Ohio State, Iowa (6-3, 3-3) moved into the top 25 at No. 20.

The top four teams remained unchanged: No. 1 Georgia; No. 2 Alabama; No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson. Oklahoma stayed at No. 5. TCU moved from No. 8 to No. 6.

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Big Ten Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Big Ten Tournament 2018 starts  on Wednesday, Feb. 28. See a bracket, tournament schedule and seeds below. Michigan State is the No. 1 seed.

All 14 Big Ten teams make the conference tournament, which goes until Sunday, March 4. All games will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The top four teams receive a double-bye into the quarterfinals.

Big Ten Tournament 2018: Bracket

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Big Ten Tournament 2018: Schedule

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, February 28

No. 12 Iowa vs. No. 13 Illinois, 5:30 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network

No. 11 Minnesota vs. No. 14 Rutgers, around 8 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

SECOND ROUND

Thursday, March 1

No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Wisconsin, 12 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 5 Michigan vs. No. 12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 10 Northwestern, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 6 Indiana vs. No. 11-14 winner, 9 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

THIRD ROUND

Friday, March 2

No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 4 Nebraska vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 2:30 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on Big Ten Network

No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 9 p.m. (25 minutes after previous game) on Big Ten Network

SEMIFINALS

Saturday, March 3

Semifinal No. 1, 2 p.m. on CBS

Semifinal No. 2, 4:30 p.m. on CBS

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, March 4

Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. on CBS

Big Ten Tournament: Seeds, standings

NOTE: Will be updated as games go final

  1. Michigan State 16-2
  2. Ohio State 15-3
  3. Purdue: 15-3
  4. Nebraska: 13-5
  5. Michigan: 13-5
  6. Indiana: 9-9
  7. Penn State: 9-9
  8. Maryland: 8-10
  9. Wisconsin: 7-11
  10. Northwestern: 6-11
  11. Minnesota: 4-14
  12. Iowa: 4-14
  13. Illinois: 4-14
  14. Rutgers: 3-15

Big Ten Tournament: History, champions

YEAR CHAMPION SCORE RUNNER-UP LOCATION MVP
1998 Michigan (vacated) 76-67 Purdue Chicago Robert Traylor, Michigan
1999 Michigan State 67-50 Illinois Chicago Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State
2000 Michigan State 76-61 Illinois Chicago Morris Peterson, Michigan State
2001 Iowa 63-61 Indiana Chicago Reggie Evans, Iowa
2002 Ohio State (vacated) 81-64 Iowa Indianapolis Boban Savovic, Ohio State
2003 Illinois 72-59 Ohio State Chicago Brian Cook, Illinois
2004 Wisconsin 70-53 Illinois Indianapolis Devin Harris, Wisconsin
2005 Illinois 54-43 Wisconsin Chicago James Augustine, Illinois
2006 Iowa 67-60 Ohio State Indianapolis Jeff Horner, Iowa
2007 Ohio State 66-49 Wisconsin Chicago Greg Oden, Ohio State
2008 Wisconsin 61-48 Illinois Indianapolis Marcus Landry, Wiscnosin
2009 Purdue 65-61 Ohio Stae Indianapolis Robbie Hummel, Purdue
2010 Ohio State 90-61 Minnesota Indianapolis Evan Turner, Ohio State
2011 Ohio State 71-60 Penn State Indianapolis Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
2012 Michigan State 68-64 Ohio State Indianapolis Draymond Green, Michigan State
2013 Ohio State 50-43 Wisconsin Chicago Aaron Craft, Ohio State
2014 Michigan State 69-55 Michigan Indianapolis Branden Dawson, Michigan State
2015 Wisconsin 80-69 (OT) Michigan State Chicago Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
2016 Michigan State 66-62 Purdue Indianapolis Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
2017 Michigan 71-56 Wisconsin Washington, D.C. Derrick Walton, Jr., Michigan

Big Ten Tournament: Standings, records

TEAM Conf. W-L GB Pct. Overall W-L Pct.
Michigan State 15-2 .882 27-3 .900
Ohio State 14-3 1 .824 23-7 .767
Purdue 13-3 1.5 .813 24-5 .828
Nebraska 12-5 3 .706 21-9 .700
Michigan 12-5 3 .706 23-7 .767
Penn State 9-8 6 .529 19-11 .633
Indiana 9-8 6 .529 16-13 .552
Maryland 8-9 7 .471 19-11 .633
Northwestern 6-10 8.5 .375 15-14 .517
Wisconsin 6-10 8.5 .375 13-16 .448
Minnesota 4-13 11 .235 15-15 .500
Illinois 3-13 11.5 .188 13-16 .448
Rutgers 3-14 12 .176 13-17 .433
Iowa 3-14 12 .176 12-18 .400

Big Ten Tournament: Records

TEAM WINS LOSSES PCT. TITLES RUNNER-UPS
Ohio State 26 13 .667 4 4
Michigan State 28 15 .651 5 1
Illinois 27 18 .600 2 4
Wisconsin 23 17 .576 3 4
Michigan 17 17 .500 1 1
Maryland 2 3 .400 0 0
Iowa 15 18 .455 2 1
Minnesota 14 18 .438 0 1
Purdue 12 19 .387 1 2
Indiana 12 20 .375 0 1
Penn State 12 20 .375 0 1
Nebraska 3 6 .333 0 0
Northwestern 9 20 .310 0 0
Rutgers 1 3 .250 0 0

Here’s what happened in last year’s Big Ten Tournament:

  • First Round: No. 13 Penn State 76, No. 12 Nebraska 67 (OT)
  • First Round: No. 14 Rutgers 66, No. 11 Ohio State 57
  • Second Round: No. 8 Michigan 75, No. 9 Illinois, 55
  • Second Round: No. 5 Michigan State 78, No. 13 Penn State 51
  • Second Round: No. 10 Indiana 95, No. 7 Iowa, 73
  • Second Round: No. 6 Northwestern 83, No. 14 Rutgers 61
  • Quarterfinals: No. 8 Michigan 74, No. 1 Purdue 70 (OT)
  • Quarterfinals: No. 4 Minnesota 63, No. 5 Michigan State 58
  • Quarterfinals: No. 2 Wisconsin 70, No. 10 Indiana 60
  • Quarterfinals: No. 6 Northwestern 72, No. 3 Maryland 64
  • Semifinals: No. 8 Michigan 84, No. 4 Minnesota 77
  • Semifinals: No. 2 Wisconsin 76, No. 6 Northwestern 48
  • Championship: No. 8 Michigan 71, No. 2 Wisconsin 56

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Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Bracket, schedule, seeds

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018 is starting Wednesday, Feb. 28. You can get the bracket, schedule and seeds below as they get finalized. Ohio State is the top seed.

All 14 teams qualify for the conference tournament. The championship is set for Sunday, March 4. All games are in Indianapolis.

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament 2018: Bracket

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Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Schedule

First Round

Wednesday, February 28

No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 13 Wisconsin, 1:30 p.m. ET on BTN2Go

No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 14 Illinois, 25 minutes after previous game (around 4 p.m.), BTN2Go

Second Round

Thursday, March 1

No. 8 Purdue vs. No. 9 Rutgers, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go

No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 10 Michigan State, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11-14, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go

QUARTERFINALS

Friday, March 2

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8-9 winner, 12 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 4 Minnesota vs. No. 5-12-13 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 2:30 p.m.), BTN2Go

No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 7-10 winner, 6:30 p.m. on BTN2Go

No. 3 Nebraska vs. No. 6-11-14 winner, 25 minutes after previous game (around 9 p.m.), BTN2Go

SEMIFINALS

Saturday, March 3

First semifinal, 6 p.m. on Big Ten Network

Second semifinal, 25 minutes after previous game (around 8:30 p.m.), Big Ten Network

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, March 4

Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Standings, seeds

  1. Ohio State: 13-3
  2. Maryland: 12-4
  3. Nebraska: 11-5
  4. Minnesota: 11-5
  5. Iowa: 11-5
  6. Michigan: 10-6
  7. Indiana: 9-7
  8. Purdue: 9-7
  9. Michigan State: 7-9
  10. Rutgers: 7-9
  11. Penn State: 6-10
  12. Northwestern: 3-13
  13. Wisconsin: 2-14
  14. Illinois: 0-16

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: History, champions

YEAR CHAMPION SCORE RUNNER-UP MVP
1982 Ohio State 69-66 Illinois
1995 Penn State 68-63 Ohio State Missy Masley, Penn State
1996 Penn State 71-69 Purdue Angie Potthoff, Penn State
1997 Iowa 63-56 Illinois Angela Hamblin, Iowa
1998 Purdue 59-49 Penn State Andrea Garner, Penn State
1999 Purdue 80-76 Illinois Stephanie White, Purdue
2000 Purdue 71-63 Penn State Helen Darling, Penn State
2001 Iowa 75-70 Purdue Cara Consuegra, Iowa
2002 Indiana 75-72 Penn State Heather Cassady, Indiana
2003 Purdue 67-65 Ohio State Shereka Wright, Purdue
2004 Purdue 59-58 Penn State Shereka Wright, Purdue
2005 Michigan State 55-49 Minnesota Kristin Haynie, Michigan State
2006 Ohio State 63-60 Purdue Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State
2007 Purdue 64-52 Ohio State Katie Geralds, Purdue
2008 Purdue 58-56 Illinois FahKara Malone, Purdue
2009 Ohio State 67-66 Purdue Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2010 Ohio State 66-64 Iowa Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2011 Ohio State 84-70 Penn State Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
2012 Purdue 74-70 (OT) Nebraska Brittany Rayburn, Purdue
2013 Purdue 62-47 Michigan State Drey Mingo, Purdue
2014 Nebraska 72-65 Iowa Rachel Theroit, Nebraska
2015 Maryland 77-74 Ohio State Lexie Brown, Maryland
2016 Maryland 60-44 Michigan State Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland
2017 Maryland 74-64 Purdue Brionna Jones, Maryland

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament: Teams

The following players were named to the All-Tournament team.

ILLINOIS (9)
Ashley Berggren, G, 1997
Katie Coleman, F, 1997
Tauja Catchings, F, 1999-00
Allison Curtin, G, 1999-01
Rebecca Harris, G, 2008
Jenna Smith, F/C, 2008-09

INDIANA (3)
Heather Cassady, G, 2002
Jill Chapman, C, 2002
Cyndi Valentin, G, 2006

IOWA (13)
Angela Hamblin, F, 1996-97
Samantha Logic, G, 2014
Tangela Smith, C, 1997-98
Cara Consuegra, G, 2001
Randi Peterson, C, 2001
Kachine Alexander, G, 2010
Kelly Krei, F, 2010
Kamille Wahlin, G, 2010
Ally Disterhoft, G, 2014
Bethany Doolittle, C, 2014-15

MARYLAND (6)
Lexie Brown, G, 2015
Brionna Jones, C, 2016-17
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, G, 2016-17
Destiny Slocum, G, 2017

MICHIGAN (1)
Molly Murray, F, 1998

MICHIGAN STATE (7)
Paula Sanders, F, 1997
Kristin Haynie, G, 2005
Kelli Roehrig, C, 2005
Liz Shimek, F, 2006
Allyssa DeHaan, C, 2007
Jasmine Thomas, G, 2013
Aerial Powers, F, 2016

MINNESOTA (4)
Janel McCarville, C, 2004-05
Jamie Broback, F, 2005
Amanda Zahui B., C, 2015

NEBRASKA (5)
Jordan Hooper, F, 2012-14
Lindsey Moore, G, 2012-13
Rachel Theriot, G, 2014

NORTHWESTERN (1)
Nia Coffey, F, 2016

OHIO STATE (20)
Peggy Evans, F, 1995
Katie Smith, F, 1995
Kim Wilburn, G, 2003
Caity Matter, G, 2003
Brandie Hoskins, G, 2005-06
Jessica Davenport, C, 2006-07
Star Allen, F, 2009
Jantel Lavender, C, 2009-10-11
Samantha Prahalis, G, 2010-11-12
Tayler Hill, G, 2011
Ameryst Alston, G, 2014
Alexa Hart, F, 2015
Kelsey Mitchell, G, 2015-16

PENN STATE (16)
Missy Masley, F, 1995
Angie Potthoff, F, 1995-96
Tina Nicholson, G, 1995-96
Andrea Garner, F/C,1998-00
Helen Darling, G, 2000
Kelly Mazzante, G, 2002-04
Tanisha Wright, G, 2002-03
Jess Strom, G, 2004
Alex Bentley, G, 2011
Maggie Lucas, G, 2011-13

PURDUE (34)
Jannon Roland, F, 1996
Stacey Lovelace, F, 1996
Ukari Figgs, G, 1998-99
Stephanie White, G/F, 1998-99
Katie Douglas, G/F, 1999-00-01
Camille Cooper, C, 2000-01
Shereka Wright, F, 2003-04-05
Erika Valek, G, 2003
Katie Gearlds, F, 2004-06-07
Erin Lawless, F, 2006-07
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, F, 2007-09
FahKara Malone, G, 2008
Keshia Mosley, F, 2008
Kalika France, F, 2008
Danielle Campbell, C, 2008
Brittany Rayburn, G, 2009-12
KK Houser, G, 2012-13
Drey Mingo, F, 2013
Courtney Moses, G, 2013
Ashley Morrissette, G, 2017
Dominique Oden, G, 2017

WISCONSIN (1)
Jessie Stomski, F, 2002

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NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players, NFL draft order (02/25/2018)

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 2:30 AM

NFL mock drafts 2018 are here. You can find out predictions, key players and the first round draft order below.

Much of the narrative around the draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from ESPN and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks filling up the top 10 this year.

Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts, including Land of 10’s projection.

NFL mock draft 2018: First-round projections, top players

Land of 10 predictions

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DL, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  5. Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  6. New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, DB, Florida State
  8. Chicago Bears — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, DB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  11. Miami Dolphins — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  14. Green Bay Packers — Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Connor Williams, OT, Texas
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Mike McGlinchey, G, Notre Dame
  18. Seattle Seahawks — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills –Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Arden Key, DL, LSU
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  24. Carolina Panthers — Marcus Davenport, DL, UTSA
  25. Tennessee Titans — Maurice Hurst, DL, Michigan
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Vita Vea, DL, Washington
  27. New Orleans Saints — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Harold Landry, LB, Boston College
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Billy Price, OL, Ohio State
  31. New England Patriots — Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Ogbonnia Okoronwko, LB, Oklahoma

NFL mock draft 2018: ESPN projections by Mel Kiper

  1. Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  2. New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  6. New York Jets — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelton, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Tremaine Edmunds, DE/OLB, Virginia Tech
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Kolton Miller, T, UCLA
  13. Washington Redskins — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  14. Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
  20. Detroit Lions — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
  21. Buffalo Bills — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
  22. Buffalo Bills — James Daniels, G/C, Iowa
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  24. Carolina Panthers — James Washington, WR, Oklahoma
  25. Tennessee Titans — Ronald Jones, RB, USC
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
  27. New Orleans Saints — Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Geron Christian, T, Louisville
  31. New England Patriots — Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

NFL mock draft 2018: Top players, projection for first round

CBS Sports projection

  1. Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
  2. New York Giants –Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  3. Indianapolis Colts — Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
  4. Cleveland Browns — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
  5. Denver Broncos — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
  6. New York Jets — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
  8. Chicago Bears — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
  9. San Francisco 49ers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
  10. Oakland Raiders — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
  11. Miami Dolphins — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
  12. Cincinnati Bengals — Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
  13. Washington Redskins — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
  14. Green Bay Packers — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
  15. Arizona Cardinals — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
  16. Baltimore Ravens — Orlando Brown, T, Oklahoma
  17. Los Angeles Chargers — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
  18. Seattle Seahawks — Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
  19. Dallas Cowboys — Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
  20. Detroit Lions — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
  21. Buffalo Bills — Billy Price, C, Ohio State
  22. Buffalo Bills — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
  23. Los Angeles Rams — Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn
  24. Carolina Panthers — Connor Williams, T, Texas
  25. Tennessee Titans — Arden Key, LB, LSU
  26. Atlanta Falcons — Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
  27. New Orleans Saints — James Daniels, C, Iowa
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers — Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars — Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
  30. Minnesota Vikings — Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
  31. New England Patriots — Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
  32. Philadelphia Eagles — Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia

2018 NFL Draft: First-round order

The draft order was finalized after the Super Bowl.

1. Cleveland Browns

2. New York Giants

3. Indianapolis Colts

4. Cleveland Browns

5. Denver Broncos

6. New York Jets

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

8. Chicago Bears

9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)

11. Miami Dolphins

12. Cincinnati Bengals

13. Washington Redskins

14. Green Bay Packers

15. Arizona Cardinals

16. Baltimore Ravens

17. Los Angeles Chargers

18. Seattle Seahawks

19. Dallas Cowboys

20. Detroit Lions

21. Buffalo Bills

22. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City Chiefs)

23. Los Angeles Rams

24. Carolina Panthers

25. Tennessee Titans

26. Atlanta Falcons

27. New Orleans Saints

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

30. Minnesota Vikings

31. New England Patriots

32. Philadelphia Eagles

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Notre Dame 4-star target NaNa Osafo-Mensah sets official visit

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:54 PM

Nana Osafo-Mensah-official visit-Notre Dame football recruiting

One of Notre Dame’s primary defensive targets for the 2019 class is Fort Worth (Tex.) Nolan Catholic linebacker/defensive end NaNa Osafo-Mensah. The 4-star recruit is ranked as the No. 7 weakside defensive end and the No. 110 recruit in the country by 247Sports.

On Sunday evening, the Fighting Irish staff received news that Osafo-Mensah will take an official visit to the school in April, the weekend before the annual Blue-Gold Game. Making the trip with him will be his friend, Sachse (Tex.) defensive tackle Hunter Spears.

Spears is a recent Notre Dame commit, pledging to the Irish on Feb. 20, making him the fourth player in the 2019 class to give a verbal to the program.

As for Osafo-Mensah, he came away from the program’s junior day in January very impressed with what he saw and heard.

“Everything was honestly amazing up at Notre Dame,” he told Irish Illustrated’s Tom Loy after the visit. “I felt like I’ve been here before because of the hospitality given from everyone at Notre Dame.”

Along with Notre Dame, Osafo-Mensah’s top 10, released on Feb. 6, includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas.

He will make his college commitment on May 19.

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