I always hate this weekend. The first weekend of no Big Ten Football just a bummer of a weekend. I guess in a way it gets us ready for February when there is no more football. But this is always a weekend where it feels like you are getting kicked in the nuts again and again and again (I realize that the ‘Sconies played last night, but it was in Hawaii so that does not count).
But with this is mind, I decided to go though NFL rosters and come up with a all Big Ten Team. Here’s what I came up with.
QB – Tom Brady – Michigan
RB - Larry Johnson – Penn State
RB - T.J. Duckett – Michigan State
WR - Plaxico Burress – Michigan State
WR - Muhsin Muhammad – Michigan State
TE – Dallas Clark – Iowa
OT – Robert Gallery – Iowa
OT – Orlando Pace – The Ohio State University
OG – David Diehl – Illinois
OG - Steve Hutchinson - Michigan
C – Casey Wiegmann - Iowa
K – Neil Rackers – Illinois
This offense is good, not great, but very good. They’ll give Brady a ton of time to sit back in the pocket and find Plaxico and Muhammad. Odds are they would play a one running back, three wide out set with Galloway or Chambers as the third wide out. Johnson gives the team a bit of everything in the back field.
DE - Adewale Ogunleye - Indiana
DE – Simeon Rice – Illinois
DT – Jimmy Kennedy – Penn State
DT - Dan Wilkinson – The Ohio State
LB – Ian Gold - Michigan
LB - Julian Peterson – Michigan State
LB - Mike Vrabel – The Ohio State University
CB - Charles Woodson – Michigan
CB - Nate Clements – The Ohio State University
S – Mike Doss – The Ohio State University
S- Eugene Wilson – Illinois
P - Tom Tupa – The Ohio State University
This D would eat up most teams. While they are a bit thin at D-tackle and safety, but their cornerbacks and linebackers are top notch. I can’t see too many teams stopping Rice and Ogunleye on the ends. Wilkinson is having a nice year and those line backers can do everything and are tackling machines.
QB - Drew Brees – Purdue
FB - Mike Alstott - Purdue
WR - Chris Chambers - Wisconsin
WR – Terry Glenn – The Ohio State University
WR - Joey Galloway – The Ohio State University
WR - Antwaan Randle El - Indiana
OT - Flozell Adams – Michigan State
OT - Mark Tauscher – Wisconsin
OT - Jon Jansen – Michigan
OG - Brandon Moore – Illinois
DE – James Hall - Michigan
DE - Erasmus James – Wisconsin
DT - Luis Castillo – Northwestern
LB - Napoleon Harris – Northwestern
LB - Brandon Short – Penn State
LB - LaVar Arrington – Penn State
CB - Chris Gamble – The Ohio State University
CB - Antoine Winfield – The Ohio State University
This team is deep at linebacker, on the O-line, and at wide out. They have some nice CBs on the bench. They could use a running back and some help on the D-line, but over all not a bad team at all. Some very good to great NFL players are on this list.
Now the question is would anyone from Notre Dame besides Julius Jones make this team?