Scouting the Big Ten: Illinois

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Fighting Illini have placed players in the first or second day of the draft during five of the previous seven years  Next April their top prospects will be no better than last-day choices.

Receiver Malik Turner is a reliable wideout with dependable hands. He consistently finds ways to separate from defenders and almost always comes away with the reception. While he offers a good amount of next-level potential, Turner comes with average size and speed. I presently grade him as a sixth-round choice but believe he could compete for a spot as the fourth or fifth receiver at the next level.

Some scouts feel Christian DiLauro could fall into the draft’s sixth round, but I disagree.

DiLauro has nice length but is an average athlete who lacks the footwork and agility for left tackle as well as the pure power to play the strong side. He could be an inexpensive utility backup on Sundays.