Today ESPN Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett ranked the top defensive lineman in the Big Ten Conference.
At the top of Bennett's list was Ohio State's stud senior, John Simon. Simon is a disruptive force for the Buckeyes; he's always in the opposing team's backfield and can be found near the ball at the end of every play. Last year Simon moved between defensive end and defensive tackle, but I suspect he'll spend most of his time at the end position this upcoming season.
Simon wasn't the only Buckeye in the top five. Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins took the fourth spot in Bennett's rankings. Hankins is a force in the trenches, making it nearly impossible for teams to run up the middle. Despite his size (317 lbs.), Hankins is also an effective pass-rusher.
The other top five spots belonged to Purdue DT Kawann Short (2), Michigan State DE William Gholston (3), and Illinois DT Akeem Spence (5).