The Big Ten may be known for its line play, but it has produced some quality defensive backs.
Charles Woodson, Bob Sanders, Malcolm Jenkins and Leon Hall were all recent All-Pros that came from Big Ten teams.
The number of asterisks next to a player's name indicates how many years he has started. A "starter," for my purposes, had at least four starts to his credit in any one season.
Players in italics are returning all-conference honorees.
A pound sign (#) indicates a player who hasn't started consecutive years or didn't start last year.
I based my ranking on returning experience, inherent talent (recruiting rankings), as well as what the teams and coaches have turned out in the past.
When I refer to passing defense, I am referring to opposing quarterback efficiency rankings and not yards allowed.
Finally, a lot can change in the next few months.
This article is based on what the rosters of Big Ten teams look like, and what we know, right now.
Check out previous articles in this series, beginning with the most recent, Power Ranking the Big Ten Linebackers.