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Bengals signed Wisconsin WR Alex Erickson.

Erickson (6'0/195) walked on at Wisconsin before becoming the leading receiver as a junior and senior, finishing his career with a 141/1,877/6 (13.3 YPR) receiving line. His Pro Day workout was predictably mediocre, running 4.54 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical. A career overachiever, Erickson did show well in agility tests and is a quicker-than-fast slot prospect who's drawn some optimistic comparisons to Julian Edelman and Wes Welker.
May 3 - 3:00 PM

Saints signed Wisconsin S Michael Caputo.

Caputo (6'1/207) had a ho-hum college career, spreading 10 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and three INTs across 40 starts. He was a second-team All-Big Ten pick as both a junior and senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Caputo didn't help himself by running 4.70 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Badgers' Pro Day. Caputo draws high marks for his leadership and run support, but he isn't athletic enough to function in the back half of an NFL defense. He'd do well to carve out a Chris Prosinski-like career.
May 2 - 4:56 PM

Vikings signed Wisconsin QB Joel Stave.

Stave (6'5/236) made 41 starts for the Badgers, posting a 31-10 record, 59.5% completion rate, 7.41 YPA, and 48:37 TD-to-INT ratio. Stave looks the part with ideal NFL size, big hands (10 5'8"), plus Combine measurables, and plenty of arm strength, but his accuracy and decision making were problematic in the Big Ten, leading to more interceptions (22) than touchdowns (20) over the past two seasons. NFL coaches may be intrigued by his traits, but Stave is a fundamentally flawed quarterback with little chance of making it in the pros.
May 2 - 2:07 PM

Chargers selected Wisconsin FB Derek Watt with the No. 198 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Watt (6'2/235) was Wisconsin's starting fullback all four seasons, managing 369 yards with one touchdown on 43 career touches. He's a very average athlete with 4.75 speed and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. Although Watt has something of a big name for being J.J.'s younger brother, Derek is a low-impact jack of all trades and master of none. He'll have to hang around the NFL on special teams.
Apr 30 - 4:53 PM

Browns selected Wisconsin OLB Joe Schobert with the No. 99 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Schobert (6'1/244) made 28 starts at outside linebacker, tallying 35.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, and seven forced fumbles. He earned Big Ten Linebacker of the Year and second-team All-America as a senior. Schobert showed above-average athleticism in Indy, running 4.76 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical. Described by Mike Mayock as "not flashy" but "always around the ball," Schobert is a high-intensity, hard-hat overachiever who would fit best inside in the pros. He'll begin his career on special teams and is instinctive enough to push for a starting job down the line.
Apr 30 - 12:16 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline passes along word that Wisconsin QB Joel Stave could be a third round pick.

Stave is terrible, so this is amazing. Pauline notes he has heard of late third round grades since the East West Shrine Game. Many teams hope to drafted third round grades in the fourth or fifth round, so keep that in mind. Stave is a "tools" prospect who has a very, very long way to go.
Apr 29 - 10:07 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang believes that Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert is "one of this year's best examples of a prospect who is a much better football player than athlete."

"Schobert may lack ideal traits but he possesses terrific instincts and body control," Rang wrote, "slipping by would-be blockers and wreaking havoc behind the line of scrimmage as well as in coverage." The 6-foot-1, 244-pound linebacking prospect is a former walk-on who ultimately finished out his collegiate career as 2015's Big Ten Linebacker of the Year on the strength of 79 tackles (19.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles for the campaign. Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo sees his pass-rushing prowess as a potentially legitimate weapon in the NFL.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 10:04 PM

The Packers have not selected a true ILB before the fourth round in seven years with Dom Capers in charge of the defense.

Jake Ryan was recently selected in the fourth round. The Packers have a tendency to select players who line up on the edge in college and convert them to inside linebackers. See Clay Matthews in recent seasons and Carl Bradford, among others. Many feel inside linebacker is a major need, and it would allow for Matthews to rush more from the outside. Just keep in mind this tendency when mocking Packer selections.
Apr 20 - 10:36 AM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert "can have an impact at the next level."

Pro Football Focus pegs Schobert as one of the 10 most underrated players in the entire class. "He’ll likely earn a chance to play as a traditional linebacker, but his pass-rushing ability should not be ignored," Palazzolo wrote. "Even with a large chunk of his pressures coming unblocked, Schobert’s shoulder dip and hand usage allowed him to have plenty of success against offensive tackles." Schobert had one pressure every 13 attempts last year, good for No. 17 in this class. "He’s not your classic edge defender against the run, but his every-down production gives him a chance to succeed in the right role at the next level," Palazzolo wrote.
Apr 18 - 11:16 PM

Pro Football Focus writer Zoltan Buday referred to Wisconsin S Tanner McEvoy as "one of the most intriguing players in this year's safety class."

McEvoy remains something of a project at safety, as he also played quarterback and receiver during his time with the Badgers. On the more raw side of the equation, Buday pointed to his tackling or lackthereof. Last season, the 6-foot-6, 222-pounder graded out as the 91st safety in PFF tackling efficiency metrics. 91 out of 96. Not everything is darkness, though. Buday sees McEvoy's coverage ability as a sparkling positive attribute. He failed to allow a touchdown on his coverage plays last season. "If a team has the patience to develop McEvoy, they can get a solid free safety for 2017 and beyond by spending a Day-3 pick on the former Badger," Buday concluded.
Apr 16 - 2:41 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt compared Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert to Cowboys LB Sean Lee.

"Schobert makes plays all over the field. He's very athletic and strong," Brandt wrote. "Besides playing on all four downs, he'll also be a very good special-teams player. He plays with the same intensity of the Cowboys' Sean Lee." During the pre-draft season, the 6-foot-1, 244-pounder has earned kudos for his game tape from both NFL Media's Mike Mayock and CBS Sports' Rob Rang.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 11:54 PM

Pro Football Focus calls Wisconsin OLB/edge rusher Joe Schobert, who they see as criminally underrated, "one of the more intriguing prospects in this class."

The site thinks some NFL teams may make the mistake of characterizing Schobert as a traditional linebacker, instead of the pure edge rusher he profiles better as. Schobert did grade out as slightly above-average in coverage last year, according to PFF, though the site is quick to point out that he struggled in a small sample size of coverage reps at the Senior Bowl. Schobert's strength is in defending the run and rushing the passer. He was PFF's No. 1 pass-rushing 3-4 OLB in the nation last year, finishing with nine sacks, 14 hits and 29 hurries. "He’s a second-round talent who might slip much further than that in the draft," wrote Jeff Dooley.
Mar 20 - 1:44 PM

Wisconsin senior RB Corey Clement changed his jersey number from No. 6 to No. 24 in an effort to distance himself from his former self.

"I'm not letting [number] six go entirely," Clement said. "I'm just seeing how it goes throughout the spring. Me and Coach Chryst are talking about really changing my mindset and attitude towards how I approach practice each day." Last season, a sports hernia injury suffered against Alabama in the season-opener ultimately led to surgery and seven contests missed. Then, in November, he was involved in an off-campus fight which resulted in two disorderly conduct citations. The 5-foot-11, 217-pounder spoke to that situation on Tuesday, saying, "I believe in becoming a better person before a player. Everybody knows the incident last year. It's just all about making smart decisions because you're under this magnifying glass, and everything you do isn't equivalent to the average person on campus, so I've got to really watch my back."
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 15 - 5:14 PM

Wisconsin HC Paul Chryst indicated that he's looking forward to seeing his quarterbacks compete this spring.

Redshirt senior QB Bart Houston and redshirt sophomore QB Alex Hornibrook are the only two scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster. Chryst wouldn't tip his hand as to who might be an early front-runner, saying only, "They could both use work" and that he planned on giving them "a ton of reps." At least outwardly, the 6-foot-4, 216-pound Houston has the edge on experience. He served as backup to Joel Stave last season and managed to appear in seven contests, completing 27-of-47 passes (57.4% completions) with a 3/2 TD/INT ratio. Rivals ranked him as the No. 12 quarterback prospect in the country for the 2012 cycle.
Source: FOX Sports
Mar 13 - 1:25 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder and TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline both report that Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien attended Wisconsin's pro day to scout QB Joel Stave.

Pauline reported a source's belief last month that Stave "will be drafted." The analyst expanded on his knowledge of the situation this week. "A lot of teams like Stave's size, arm strength and upside, but understand he needs work on his technique and decision-making," Pauline wrote. "At the Combine, I was told later rounds is a definite for Stave, but some feel he could be off the board early in the third day. Despite the Texans signing of Brock Osweiler, remember this point; O'Brien was the same coach who made the trip to Pittsburgh pro-day not long ago to watch Tom Savage, a physically gifted signal-caller who needed work on his technique and decision-making." We never liked Stave's game much and would take a bevy of developmental QBs over him.
Mar 12 - 8:59 PM


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