The draft results have to be considered somewhat disappointing from a Big Ten perspective. It starts in Columbus, where Malcolm Jenkins fell out of the Top 10, going to the Saints with the fourteenth pick. Chris Wells nearly slid out of the first round altogether, going to the defending NFC champ Cardinals. And James Laurinatius did fall to the second round where he was picked by the hapless Rams. Other disappointments include Javon Ringer dropping to Round Five and the Titans. Ringer's fate was still better than his quarterback, Brian Hoyer, who went undrafted.
The highest player chosen was Penn State's enigmatic defensive end Aaron Maybin, who went #11 overall to Buffalo. Illinois' Vontae Davis was also a first-rounder, picked at #25 by the Dolphins. Overall, Ohio State easily led the way, as expected, with seven players picked. Wisconsin was kept busy in Round 3. Four Badgers had their ticket punched in this round, as Kraig Urbik went to the Steelers, Travis Beckum to the Giants, DeAndre Levy to the Lions and Matt Shaughnessy to the Raiders. Both Penn State receivers also went in this round, with Derrick Williams suffering the ignominy of becoming a Lion, and Deon Butler starting his pro career out in Seattle. All in all, nearly 20 percent of the third round came out of Madison or State College.
Other notes from New York include conference MVP Shonn Greene also being a third-rounder, on his way to the Jets to join Mark Sanchez. Curtis Painter will stay in-state with the Colts and try and jumpstart a career as Peyton Manning's backup.