Big 10 Draft Prospect Breakdowns

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DANIEL BARKER TE / ILLINOIS

UTSA Illinois Football (feature)
Charles Rex Arbogast, Associated Press

Barker has size, balance, agility with long arms and soft hands. He holds the program’s record for career touchdowns with 11 despite sharing targets in a crowded tight ends room and battling through struggling quarterback play. The large catch radius is good in the run block game and explosive after the catch in space regardless of his 255 lb frame. With solid performances and interviews at the SENIOR BOWL & NFL COMBINE, Barker could see his stock skyrocket from being a projected mid-late Day 3 prospect to somewhere in the mid-late Day 2 range of the NFL DRAFT in April.

DAVID BELL WR / PURDUE

Purdue wide receiver David Bell looks for running space after a completion during a football game between Iowa and Purdue at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. (Jerod Ringwald/The Daily Iowan)
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David Bell could be the most polished pro-ready in a deep WR class in 2022. He capped off a remarkably productive career with the Boilermakers with 232 receptions for 2,946 yards & 21 touchdowns. Not a burner in the open field like some of his higher regarded classmates, but Bell makes up for his lack of explosiveness with outstanding hands, body control, ball skills, and route running. Leaving with a year of eligibility left makes sense for Bell considering the iron for him will never be quite as hot next season as it is now.

ISAIAH PACHECO RB / RUTGERS

Photo Cred: Raj Mehta – USA Today Sports

Isaiah Pacheco is one of the biggest kept secrets and most intriguing talents in this RB Class. While the overall rush yards and yards per carry were never impressive, Pacheco’s Elite blend of size (5-11 215lbs) and sub 4.4 speed make him a prospect NFL Scouts have had an eye on since his Freshman season. He played behind a disappointing offensive line and poor QB play throughout his career. He still managed 18 touchdowns, including 3 of 80, 57, and 66 yds. Could have gone almost anywhere in the country coming out of High School but chose to remain home in his State of New Jersey and play for hometown Rutgers. Expect an explosive NFL Combine performance!

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