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July 23, 2014
Big Ten's Top Offensive Linemen
Michigan has produced more All-America offensive linemen (even per starting position) than any other spot on the field, but the Wolverines have work to do in an effort to gain respect among the Big Ten's best.
1. Brandon Scherff - Iowa: Plenty of talk out there that Scherff could be a top-five pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The 6-5, 320-pound left tackle is a three-year starter coming off his best year yet, earning second-team All-America honors while he was named first-team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches.
2. Rob Havenstein - Wisconsin: Another year, another mountain of a man primed to lead a dominant Wisconsin rushing attack. A two-year starter at right tackle, the 6-8, 327-pounder was second-team All-Big Ten in 2013 and is poised to rank among the league's most physical run-blockers this year.
3. Jack Allen - Michigan State: The redshirt junior center was a catalyst in the dramatic improvement of the MSU ground game and overall offensive production we saw throughout the 2013 season, and now he's back to anchor another Spartan offensive line determined to take its place among the best in the conference.
4. Sal Conaboy - Maryland: The newcomer to the conference boasts one of the Big Ten's best centers in Conaboy. The 6-3, 295-pounder has started 22 games in three seasons as the leader of the offensive line and should battle Allen to be named the Big Ten's best center this season.
5. Jake Cotton - Nebraska: If tailback Ameer Abdullah experiences another stellar season, Cotton will deserve a ton of credit. The 6-6, 305-pounder should be the Huskers' top lineman this season, settling back in at left guard after starting 11 games there in 2013. Versatile - he has also played tackle - Cotton could move around as needed this fall.
The Best of the Rest
6. Taylor Decker - Ohio State
7. Jack Conklin - Michigan State
8. Tyler Marz - Wisconsin
9. Kaleb Johnson - Rutgers
10. JJ Prince - Purdue
Here is a look at our previous analysis of the Big Ten's best positions.