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ESPN Bears' beat writer Jeff Dickerson believes Wisconsin RB James White is a "backfield prospect to keep tabs" on.

Dickerson reported that Chicago recently traveled to Madison to work out White privately. The 5-foot-9, 204-pound White finished his Wisconsin career with 4,015 yards and 45 rushing touchdowns. The Bears don't have much behind Matt Forte and Michael Bush on the RB depth chart. "That help could arrive next month if the Bears select a running back somewhere between the fourth and sixth rounds of the upcoming NFL draft, a reasonable target area given the priority in the early rounds will likely be safety, cornerback, defensive tackle and inside linebacker, in no particular order," wrote Dickerson.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 14 - 11:12 PM

Wisconsin junior QB Joel Stave will miss the remainder of spring practices due to a shoulder injury.

He suffered the malady during the Capital One Bowl and it hindered his work early on in the spring. The Badgers' coaching staff finally just decided it best to let him rest. Stave believes he'll be ready for summer camp.
Source: Madison.com
Apr 13 - 11:11 PM

Wisconsin signed Gary Andersen to a new contract on Monday that will pay him $300,000 more beginning in 2014.

Andersen's 2014 salary has been bumped from $1.9 million to $2.2 million and he'll receive a $100,000 raise each year of his five-year rollover contract. After leading the Badgers to a 9-4 record in his first year on campus, Andersen flirted with the Browns in January. "Gary did not ask directly or even imply that his salary should be increased, but that only re-affirmed my thoughts about adjusting his compensation," Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez said. "I've always believed that we should do what we can to keep good coaches in our department and that is why I wanted to take this proactive approach with Coach Andersen."
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 9:27 PM

Wisconsin LB Chris Borland debuted on Mel Kiper's Big Board at No. 25.

"If you look at him purely from a physical and athletic standpoint, you wouldn't consider Borland a first-round pick, but the tape tells another story," Kiper wrote. "Borland isn't just a clean-up tackler, he's an instinctive attacker of the backfield and a relentlessly instinctive player who can get on the field right away and make plays. I know there are teams that have a first-round grade on him." Every evaluation of Borland notes his instincts, which help him mask his limitations. He shows impressive pop and uses good technique to get separation.
Mar 20 - 4:16 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon doesn't regret returning to school for another season.

Gordon very well could have been the highest-drafted RB in the 2014 class if he'd declared. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in fact, recently reported that the Badgers' star was the top back on some draft boards this year. "Some guys thought I should have left," Gordon said. "They're just like, 'I told you so." Gordon rushed for 1,609 yards in 2013, good for 10th-most in the nation. "I feel I can catch," he said. "I just have to get the opportunity in the game, to show people. And I will this year. For the people who don't think I can catch, I'm definitely aiming to prove them wrong."
Mar 11 - 7:37 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Wisconsin LB Chris Borland's "short arms" are a cause for concern.

"I don't care that Borland is short in stature, but it's the short arms that give me pause. Will struggle to stay clean and shed NFL blocks," Brugler tweeted. Brugler was very high on Borland's "instincts and intangibles" but also added that "Borland clearly has more strengths than weaknesses as a NFL prospect, but those negatives will be really tough to overcome." While Borland does not possess the ideal size or athleticism, he's a solid football player who wins with instincts and explosiveness. Borland should expect to have his name called on the second day of the draft.
Mar 10 - 9:46 PM

Wisconsin S Dezmen Southward believes he answered all scouts' questions at his pro day.

"I think there were a lot of unanswered questions," Southward said. "'How fast is he? How explosive is he? Can he flip? Can he go up and get the ball?' I think a lot of those questions I was able to answer." Southward, who was barred from working at the combine due to a faulty diagnosis that suggested he had a fractured vertebrae, ran in the 4.37 range and recorded a 42-inch vertical at Wisconsin's pro day. Florida State's Terrence Brooks ran the fastest safety forty time at the combine with 4.42 seconds.
Mar 7 - 8:58 PM

Wisconsin LB Chris Borland ran two forty times of 4.84 and 4.87 seconds at the school's pro day.

He also posted a 35-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. These two times are slightly slower than his official Combine time of 4.83 seconds, but Borland improved his vertical by four inches. Expect the longtime inside linebacker to be a second day pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 9:49 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline reports Wisconsin S Dezmen Southward ran in the 4.37 range and recorded a 42-inch vertical at the school's pro day.

Southward did not compete at the NFL Combine after playing corner and safety at the Senior Bowl. NFL.com's Gil Brandt previously said Southward had a chance of being a top-100 selection. The safety class can be shuffled after the top three of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Jimmie Ward and Calvin Pryor.
Mar 5 - 1:19 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay mentioned that he worried about Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland's durability.

"Worry about Borland durability and wish longer arms(take-on/tackling). Dude's just a player, tho. Reads keys quick, then shot out of cannon," McShay Tweeted. While Borland doesn't have ideal size at the next level, he makes up for it with great instincts and explosiveness. The team that drafts Borland will have to hope that his instincts mask his limitations. He shows impressive pop and uses good technique to get separation. Borland is projected to go anywhere from the third to fourth round.
Feb 18 - 4:25 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl called Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland an "absolute animal" versus Penn State and Ohio State.

"For anyone that thinks Chris Borland can't play because he's too small, please reference the PSU and OSU tapes," Weidl tweeted. Borland will get knocked by many teams because of his height and lack of length. We do appreciate how he attacks blockers with his hands to extend, but worry if he can consistently gain backfield vision in the NFL.
Feb 15 - 1:42 PM

Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis' "speed is a question, and his 40 time will be important" at the NFL Combine, writes NFL.com's Mike Huguenin.

Huguenin likes Abbrederis' "excellent hands" and "crisp routes," but he's right in drawing attention to the importance of the receiver's 40 time. Abbrederis was highly productive at Wisconsin and does his best work on the edge. We were impressed with the 6-foot, 189 pounder's agility, ability to separate, and propensity to come down with the ball in contested situations at Wisconsin.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 5:20 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt believes Wisconsin DB Dezmen Southward could be a top 100 player.

Southward is a "good-looking player, looks like he can run in 4.4s," Brandt tweeted, adding a "sleeper" tag to the post. The Wisconsin Badger was forced to play a good amount of cornerback at the Senior Bowl due to a lack of numbers, but evaluators certainly want to see if he can match up with receivers at the line of scrimmage.
Feb 12 - 9:05 AM

The Browns secretly interviewed Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, reported the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The meeting worked out for both parties, as Andersen received an extension and a raise, and Cleveland hired Mike Pettine. Andersen, however, must sooth over some ruffled feathers in Madison now that his clandestine affairs have been published. "Officials from the Cleveland Browns contacted me to talk about their head coaching vacancy," Andersen said in a statement released by the university. "After our initial conversation, I decided not to pursue the position. I am committed to the University of Wisconsin and the student-athletes in our program."
Feb 11 - 8:27 PM

Wisconsin's Chris Borland ranks as draft insider Tony Pauline's No. 1 ILB.

Borland draws a second- or third-round grade form Pauline. He is followed by UConn's Yawin Smallwood (third- to fourth-round), Stanford's Shayne Skov (fourth-round), Louisville's Preston Brown (fifth-round) and LSU's Lamin Barrow (fifth-round). It is worth pointing out Alabama's C.J. Mosley is listed among outside linebackers.
Feb 11 - 11:03 AM


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