Big Ten's first-round draft picks

Here is how the first round unfolded for the top prospects from the Big Ten.

11. Houston, Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

The Texans could have gone for help in the secondary, and I was a little surprised that Robert Quinn was passed over at this pick. However, Watt should be able to play right away in new coordinator Wade Phillips' defense.

16. Washington, Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

The former Purdue standout should fit into Washington's 3-4 defense nicely after having an excellent draft season, showing the 'Skins that he is athletic enough to play standing up.

Corey LiugetICONThe Chargers hope that Corey Liuget can make an impact as a five-technique in the 3-4 defense.

18. San Diego, Illinois DT Corey Liuget

Liuget rose up the draft boards following his standout 2010 season at Illinois. The Chargers were in need of a lineman, and Liuget should provide help immediately if he can successfully make the switch to a 3-4 scheme as a five-technique.

20. Tampa Bay, Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn

Clayborn seemed to go a bit under the radar because he didn't have the dominant 2010 season many expected after his stellar 2009 campaign. But he gives the Bucs another quality piece to add to the defensive line.

29. Chicago, Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi

Carimi told us all at the NFL Combine in Indy that he was the best tackle in the draft. He certainly looks the part. Big "get" for general manager Jerry Angelo and the Bears.

31. Pittsburgh, Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward

Steelers fans certainly hope that the son of Craig "Ironhead" Heyward will not turn out to be Vernon Gholston, another former Buckeye who struggled after being a high pick of the Jets. They don't have to worry about that, however, as Heyward will be a solid piece to that defensive front.

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