Ranking the Big Ten teams by the number of all time NFL first round draft picks

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The Big Ten has always been a goldmine for NFL talent, with even the smallest teams in the conference putting out a few first round picks (looking at you, Rutgers).

Below, we took a look at how the Big Ten schools rank in terms of all time NFL first round draft picks.

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights

[Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union]

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

3 (tied for No. 81 overall)

Northwestern Wildcats

Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

10 (tied for No. 55 overall)

Indiana Hoosiers

Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

12 (tied for No. 52 overall)

Maryland Terrapins

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

17 (tied for No. 42 overall)

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

18 (tied for No. 40 overall)

Purdue Boilermakers

Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

21 (tied for No. 33 overall)

Illinois Fighting Illini

Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

22 (tied for No. 30 overall)

Iowa Hawkeyes

Bryon Houlgrave/The Register

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

23 (No. 29 overall)

Wisconsin Badgers

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

30 (No. 21 overall)

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

34 (tied for No. 19 overall)

Michigan State Spartans

Junfu Han/Detroit Free Press

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

36 (tied for No. 16 overall)

Penn State Nittany Lions

Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

39 (tied for No. 13 overall)

Michigan Wolverines

Michael Allio-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

48 (tied for No. 8 overall)

Ohio State Buckeyes

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Number of all-time first-round NFL draft picks

85 (No. 1 overall)

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