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Pro Football Focus compared Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel to Seattle Seahawks LB Cassius Marsh.

"Marsh and Biegel are both active and agile pass rushers whose upside is likely limited by a lack of explosiveness," writes the PFF analysis team. They believe that the 6-foot-4, 241-pounder has the chops to potentially shift to off-ball linebacker due to his familiarity with dropping back in coverage (per PFF, he did so 233 times over the last two seasons). Should no shift be coming, though, they note that "Biegel might be pigeonholed as a designated pass-rusher where he could have some success as a weapon on stunts." A late Day 2/early Day 3 selection is in play for the Wisconsin product.
Mar 26 - 1:41 PM

A Midwest area scout for an AFC team said that Wisconsin edge rusher T.J. Watt "looked a lot stronger and a lot more confident on tape this year."

"He needs to get bigger, but he's already a strong guy," the scout said. "I can see him standing or playing base end for a 4-3 team. He's going to keep getting better." Watt rocked it at both the Combine and on pro day. During the former athletic tests in Indianapolis, the 6-foot-4, 252-pound Wisconsin product was among the top performers at his position in the vertical leap (36 inches), broad jump (128 inches), three-cone drill (6.79 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (4.13 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (11.20 seconds). And on pro day, he "displayed a smooth, fluid reverse when stimulating pass coverage," according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. He met with the Steelers on pro day, though Pauline is hearing that Pittsburgh might not be willing to part with a first-round pick to acquire Watt's services.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 2:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that Wisconsin RB Corey Clement "looked exceptional catching the ball" on pro day.

Clement did what he needed to do in drills. He also had one of the more eye-popping turnarounds from a Combine 40 (4.68 seconds) to a pro day 40 (4.54 seconds) that we have seen during the evaluating process. That speedier time probably won't be enough to silence questions about the Wisconsin back's athleticism, though. In his scouting breakdown, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote that Clement "appears to lack the fluidity, decisiveness, and vision needed to become a dependable, productive starting running back."
Mar 18 - 2:08 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Steelers may not want to spend a first-round pick on Wisconsin edge rusher T.J. Watt.

The Steelers are keen on Watt -- they sat down with him on pro day earlier this week -- but a first-round selection might just be too rich for their blood. As for his work on pro day itself, the 6-foot-4, 252-pounder "displayed a smooth, fluid backpedal and easy hip turn and looked natural moving in reverse when simulating pass coverage." One scout who spoke with Packers beat writer Bob McGinn has called Watt "more explosive" than Clay Matthews. He is in the Day 1 conversation.
Mar 18 - 1:36 PM

Wisconsin linebackers T.J. Watt and Vincent Biegel both had dinner with Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin earlier this week.

Not only that, but both were put through linebacker drills by Steelers' LB coach Joey Porter at Wisconsin's pro day event. In addition to Porter, New York Jets linebacker coach Kevin Greene also directed a portion of the LB drills. "Both Watt and Beigel looked terrific in drills," reported Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. "I’m told each displayed a smooth, fluid backpedal and easy hip turn and looked natural moving in reverse when simulating pass coverage. Both also caught the ball well, something that was expected from Watt, a former tight end." Pauline thinks Watt might be a little rich for the Steelers' blood, but the analyst believes "Biegel in Round 3 [is] the most likely scenario."
Mar 17 - 3:47 PM

Wisconsin RB Corey Clement logged a 40-yard dash of 4.54s at the Badgers' pro day, according to the school.

He ran a 40-yard dash of 4.68 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, so take the school's number for what it's worth. Clement and RB Dare Ogunbowale were put through position drills by the Detroit Lions at the event. All 32 NFL clubs were there.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 1:50 PM

Wisconsin edge rusher T.J. Watt told media members at least one team asked him about a possible switch to ILB.

Watt projects as an edge rusher in practically any lineup thanks to his 6-foot-4, 252-pound frame and outstanding athleticism (94th percentile). Watt checks off so many boxes in terms of NFL evaluations, and you can certainly expect evaluators who want to draft him will use a "bloodlines" pitch in the draft room. Watt will be a first round pick, the only question is how early. The insider linebacker class lacks talent throughout, so the transition might be possible.
Mar 16 - 9:58 AM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Chris James was working with the first-team offense on Tuesday.

Tuesday rang in the start of spring practice for the Badgers. They are looking to replace outgoing backs Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound James -- a transfer from Pitt in May of 2016 -- will try to take advantage of the vacuum. In two seasons with the Panthers, he rushed for 690 yards (4.8 YPC) and four touchdowns on 143 totes of the rock. In addition to James, Bradrick Shaw (who rushed for a healthy 457 yards and five touchdowns on 88 carries this past season) is also trying to make his case to start for the coming season.
Mar 14 - 4:12 PM

Packers beat writer Bob McGinn spoke with one NFL scout who thinks Wisconsin edge rusher T.J Watt is "special."

"He’s Clay Matthews. Probably more explosive," the scout said. Let's not go that far. Watt is a special athlete, as he posted a composite score that placed him in the 94th percentile. Other scouts polled by McGinn were not as sold on Watt's prospects, but we think he will be viewed as a riser throughout the process, as each scheme will see a fit in his style. The top 15 is not out of the question.
Mar 14 - 11:15 AM

Wisconsin senior TE Troy Fumagalli is expected to be a bigger part of the passing offense in 2017.

The 6-foot-6, 248-pounder ended the 2016 campaign with 47 catches for 580 yards and two touchdowns over 13 games played. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believed he could have been a third-rounder had he declared for the 2017 NFL Draft. Fumagalli is one of the top TE prospects in the nation.
Mar 13 - 6:51 PM

Wisconsin sophomore T David Edwards is the projected starter at left tackle.

Edwards would take Ryan Ramczyk's old post after Ramczyk bypassed his senior year to enter the NFL. The 6-foot-7 Edwards was a tight end as recently as last spring but started the last seven games of 2016 at right tackle.
Mar 13 - 4:56 PM

Wisconsin HC Paul Chryst announced that redshirt sophomore QB Alex Hornibrook is the starting quarterback entering spring practices.

As expected. Hornibrook primarily functioned as the No. 1 QB last season, though he did bleed snaps to redshirt senior Bart Houston as the campaign wore on, in part due to injuries. Hornibrook went 106-of-181 for 1,262 yards and a 9/7 TD/INT ratio last year. Wisconsin heads into the spring with redshirt freshman Kare Lyles functioning as the backup signal-caller. Barring the late addition of a grad transfer -- like Malik Zaire -- Hornibrook should enter next year as the starter.
Mar 13 - 3:12 PM

Packers beat writer Bob McGinn spoke with one NFL scout who projected Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk to go off the board from picks 15-25.

"Balanced and strong and steady," said the scout. "He’ll be fine. Aggressive run blocker." Another scout McGinn spoke with wasn't as sold, saying the one-year wonder tag and the current injury is a major concern. Ramczyk is in a competition with Garett Bolles to be the first tackle off the board.
Mar 7 - 10:49 AM

Wisconsin edge rusher T.J. Watt ran a 4.69 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

At 6-foot-4, 252 pounds, Watt added a 37-inch vertical and a broad jump of 10 feet, 8 inches. "Those are all excellent results for a bigger outside linebacker," noted Scouts Inc. "Watt finished off a great day by moving well during position drills." This performance is really going to help Watt's stock. He missed the 2014 season due to a right knee injury and then was knocked out of spring ball in 2015 with a left knee injury. Wisconsin moved him from tight end to outside linebacker in the fall of 2015, and this past year was the only in which he shined. T.J. is the younger brother of Texans DE J.J. Watt.
Source: ESPN
Mar 6 - 2:14 PM

Wisconsin RB Corey Clement logged a 40-yard dash of 4.68 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.

In late February, NFL Media's Chad Reuter wrote that positive testing and interviews could land Clement as a top-100 pick. At least on the testing side of the equation, the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder was lacking on Friday. In addition to his dismal time in the 40, he showed little explosivity in either the vertical (28.5 inches) or broad (115 inches) jumps. For context's sake, Utah T Garrett Bolles -- who, granted, is a superb athlete for an offensive lineman -- logged almost identical jumps with a 28-inch vertical and 115-inch broad.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 5:31 PM


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