Three Big Ten players in Top 25 nationally?

Earlier today The Sporting News put our there Top 25 Players list for the whole of college football. On that list were three Big Ten players in Braxton Miller, Taylor Lewan, and Bradley Roby. Not bad for a conference who's supposed to be so down, right? 

Who topped the list overall? Of course, it's the great Johnny Football. As for the Big Ten players Ohio State's Braxton Miller was the highest on the list, coming in at No. 7. Michigan's Taylor Lewan was No. 11 and Ohio State's Bradley Roby was No. 25. 

Call us crazy, but Miller's pick at No. 7 is a bit low. All the guy did was pretty much single handily lead his team to a perfect season following a freshman year that was forgettable (as a team). Is he a perfect pure QB, heck no – he's the first to admit to that, but neither are the great Johnny Football and Teddy Bridgewater who are all rated ahead of him. 

Here's what The Sporting News had to say about each of the three…. 

Braxton Miller: 

Urban Meyer says Miller is the best athlete he has ever coached. He’ll need all of that this fall: The Buckeyes aren’t playing with house money anymore. Miller will be Manziel’s top competition for the Heisman Trophy if he becomes more proficient in the passing game.

Taylor Lewan:

A prototypical left tackle. Long and rangy with a strong base. Don’t be surprised if, by next May, Lewan is a top 5 pick in the NFL Draft.

Bradley Roby:

It's hard to quibble with the inclusion of these three, but Roby's is a bit curious. For many he is the best corner in the country and that should rank him higher in our eyes. We'd also serve up names like Kain Colter, Taylor Martinez, and Chris Borland for consideration at the very least. 

Are you happy with the list and where the Big Ten teams rank or no? What are your thoughts? Leave comments below…. 

Andrew Coppens

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Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site