2012 NFL Draft: 5 Big Ten Prospects the Saints Could Draft

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Big Ten Prospects the Saints Could Draft
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Can you believe the 2012 NFL draft is a mere week away? I certainly cannot. 

Sadly the New Orleans Saints do not have a selection until the third round (Pick No. 91). With no first- or second-round pick, Mickey Loomis and Rick Reiprish's job becomes nearly an impossible task. 

They must find at least two or three starter-potential players in rounds when you normally expect to find backups (third is generally thought to produce starters, whereas the fourth and later are considered to be the backup rounds). 

Not to worry, though, as there are some underrated players coming out of the Big Ten who potentially could be available in the third round or later. Here are five Big Ten stars who could become big-time NFL players that the Saints have to consider drafting if they are to be available at pick No. 91 or later. 

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