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Our college football writer is counting down the days until the 2019 season. Here are the Big Ten players most likely to be selected early in the 2020 NFL draft:

1. A.J. Epenesa, Iowa

Right now, the former News-Gazette All-Stater from Edwardsville is considered a Top 10 pick. And he hasn't even played his junior season.

2. Chase Young, Ohio State

Defensive end filled in for injured Nick Bosa and piled up 9 1 / 2 sacks. He was a top recruit after a standout career at DeMatha Catholic.

3. Paddy Fisher, Northwestern

Linebacker figures to leave Wildcats a year early if he continues at his current pace. The Katy, Texas native has 227 tackles his first two years.