I realize the sample size (1 round of 1 year of a draft) is tiny but reviewing the 1st round of last night's draft is pretty damning for Big 10 football. The degradation of play overall has been pretty obvious on the football field lately even correcting for Michigan's fall under the RR era - i.e. last year Ohio barely squeaked by Indiana and the average Purdue Illinois Iowa Minnesota game has become a scary thing to watch.
We can talk about depth all we want but in terms of top end impact NFL players it was a very dour night, especially considering this draft is generally considered weak and the Big 10 could still now show up. There was a grand total of 1 Big 10 player drafted - a lineman from Wisconsin second to last in the round. That was matched by the MAC. And whatever conference Houston is in. Michigan has its own shutout streak of 1st rounders but there was nothing out there from the Ohios, Penn Staters, Nebraskas et al. To put in perspective an average (underachieving?) Florida State team had 3 players alone drafted, North Carolina 2.
SEC - 12 players
PAC 10 - 4 players
BIG 12 - 3 players
ACC - 6 players