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Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Chris James worked this spring on becoming a bigger factor in the passing game.

The Pitt transfer had one catch for 23 yards on two years for the Panthers. Wisconsin's offense will ask him to become a larger part of the aerial attack. "In my eyes it’s another opportunity to get the ball in my hands," he said. "When I see the ball, and know it’s coming to me, you better catch it because you don’t know when you’re going to get another one." Wisconsin averaged 203.1 rushing yards per game last season and now must replace outgoing backs Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale. James and Bradrick Shaw (who rushed for 457 yards and five touchdowns on 88 carries last season) head into the summer as the top two backs on the depth chart.
Source: Land of 10
May 9 - 1:30 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva tossed the Pittsburgh Steelers a "C-" for their draft.

Silva liked their pick of Wisconsin LB T.J. Watt at No. 30, ditto for USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (No. 62), but poured some water on the selections of Pitt RB James Conner (No. 105) and Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs (No. 145), calling the pair "better stories than draft picks." As for dissenting opinion, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline offers up a "B" grade. That is a fair bit more optimistic than the "C+" doled out by Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 6:49 PM

Wisconsin senior edge rusher Leon Jacobs is ready to settle into one position for the 2017 season.

Jacobs has helped the Badgers at fullback and inside linebacker in the 45 games he's seen action. However, Paul Chryst believes the edge will suit him best in 2017. "He works. He's talented. I think he'll be really a big part of what we do defensively," Chryst writes. The Badgers lost both T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel to the NFL, so they are in need of impact players on the edges.
Source: ESPN
May 3 - 9:19 AM

Eagles signed Wisconsin RB Corey Clement.

Clement (5’10/220) made 15 career starts at Wisconsin, amassing 3,092 yards on 576 carries (5.37 YPC) with 36 touchdowns and averaging 24.2 rushing attempts per game as a senior. Clement caught only 29 passes in his four-year college career, however, and his yards-per-carry average dipped (8.2 > 6.5 > 4.6 > 4.4) each season. His Combine was dreadful with a 4.68 forty and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Clement was a solid college back whose pro transition will be difficult.
May 1 - 5:24 PM

Packers selected Wisconsin OLB Vince Biegel with the No. 108 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Biegel (6’3/246) made 40 starts on Wisconsin's defense, finishing seventh in school history in sacks (21.5) and tenth in tackles for loss (39.5), adding three forced fumbles. He was voted second-team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches as a senior. Biegel tested as a 55th-percentile athlete with 4.67 speed. Turning 24 in July, Biegel is an over-aged prospect, undersized by NFL edge-player standards, and got overpowered too frequently in college. An overachieving son of a coach, Biegel projects as a special teamer whose long-term ceiling is likely in the Erik Walden range.
Apr 29 - 12:18 PM

Saints selected Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk with the No. 32 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Ramczyk (6’6/310) spent one season in Madison after transferring from UW-Stevens Point, starting all 14 games at left tackle and earning first-team All-America with just one sack and eight QB pressures allowed. PFF College gave Ramczyk its highest run-blocking grade among FBS tackles. Country strong and athletic, Ramczyk looks the part of a long-term left tackle with adequate arm length (33 ¾") and plus movement for his size. Ramczyk’s concerns are his one-year sample of high-level college football and recovery from January hip surgery, which prevented him from testing before the draft.
Apr 27 - 11:48 PM

Steelers selected Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Watt (6’5/252) arrived in Madison as a tight end recruit, only to convert to outside linebacker as a redshirt sophomore and break out as a junior for 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks, earning second-team All-America. As a former pass catcher, Watt is a legitimate interception and pick-six threat with huge hands (11"). Watt ripped up the Combine with 94th-percentile athleticism. Although he carries one-year wonder concerns, Watt has drawn comparisons to Clay Matthews from NFL scouts and has significant growth potential at his new-ish position. At worst, Watt should become a dangerous sub-package rusher. He's an upside pick for the Steelers.
Apr 27 - 11:36 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Packers are "gearing up" to select Wisconsin edge rusher T.J. Watt at pick No. 29.

The Cowboys, Lions, Patriots and Redskins have all additionally shown interest in Watt during the draft process. Several scouts during the evaluating process have referred to the 6-foot-4, 252-pounder as a more explosive version of Clay Matthews, while another went so far as to say that he gave Watt a higher grade than he did older brother -- and current NFL superstar -- J.J. Watt when the elder Watt was coming out of college. He could potentially land in Round 1 and figures to be off the board early in Round 2 if he is still around.
Apr 25 - 5:43 PM

An NFL scout doesn't view Wisconsin LB Vince Biegel as an NFL starter.

"He’ll be a good pro," the scout said. "Fourth round, maybe third. I don’t see him as a starter but I see a good role player." Biegel was a highly disruptive college player who posted 39.5 TFL and 21.5 sacks over the past three seasons. "High-effort guy," said another scout. "I didn’t think he was that good of an athlete. I saw him on the ground a lot. His pass-rush production was due more to effort and technique than skill. Overachiever." Pro Football Focus compares Biegel to Seattle Seahawks LB Cassius Marsh.
Apr 23 - 10:55 AM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said of Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk, "I don’t have one negative thing about him except his hip surgery."

Ramczyk underwent arthroscopic hip surgery to repair a torn labrum in early January. The scout in question understandably factors that into his evaluation, but beyond that health concern, he was downright glowing in his praise for the 6-foot-6 310-pounder, telling the Journal-Sentinel that Ramczyk is an "[e]xcellent pass blocker. Quick set, slides, mirrors, range, anchor. Really good." Another scout was a little less bubbly in his breakdown of the Wisconsin tackle's game, saying, "He’s not a dancing bear. He’s got good balance but the range isn’t there." That evaluator believes that in a deeper offensive line class, Ramczyk would probably be a second-round selection. In this particular class, though, the first round is very much in play.
Apr 22 - 2:35 PM

An NFL scout gave Wisconsin edge rusher T.J. Watt a higher grade coming out of college than his older brother, Texans' All-Pro J.J. Watt.

"I gave him a higher grade than his brother (J.J.)," he said. "All he does is make plays. He’s Clay Matthews. Probably more explosive. I guess he’s learned pass-rush techniques from his brother. Uses his hands well." During the NFL Combine athletic tests in Indianapolis, the 6-foot-4, 252-pounder led all linebackers in the vertical jump (37), broad jump (10-8), short shuttle (4.13), three-cone (6.79) and hand size (11). "He’s more of a ‘Sam’ or 3-4 outside linebacker," another one scout. "He’s physical, tough. He tested out well. Plays hard." A third scout critiqued: "Needs to play with more strength and base. On the ground too much." Watt should go early in Round 2 if he isn't taken in Round 1.
Apr 19 - 6:03 PM

Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk visited the Patriots on Tuesday.

This is an interesting development since the Patriots do not pick until No. 72. A deal for Malcolm Butler could be reached, which would allow the team to move up. Or an earlier pick could be acquired in a different way. The position is also important, as the Patriots have focused on tackles who might start in the future.
Apr 19 - 10:19 AM

One NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Wisconsin RB Corey Clement has "size, quick feet, some burst."

"He could be the guy if he popped off a few runs in a reserve role and your starter went down," the scout said. Clement wasn't helped by a poor showing at the NFL Combine, with a vertical jump of 28 1/2 inches and a 40 of 4.68 seconds. "He’s overrated," said another scout. "He is not fast. He used to be before he got hurt (sports hernia, ankle). He’s decent as an in-line runner. He has feet and instincts, but not well-versed in the pass game. He has injury history." A third scout also talked about Clement's durability: "He’s just been banged up. He was a promising young player with size and strength. Adequate vision, not great." Expect Clement to hear his name called on Day 3.
Apr 18 - 2:26 PM

Texans offensive line coach Mike Devlin visited Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk (hip).

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Ramczyk has been unable to participate in most of the pre-Draft process due to the arthroscopic hip surgery for a torn labrum he underwent after the season. According to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, Ramczyk's "combine medical recheck went extremely well."
Apr 14 - 1:06 PM

An NFC Midwest scout said that Wisconsin T Ryan Ramczyk is "really athletic and he's really smart."

"There are a lot of Wisconsin linemen who start in the league because they learn an NFL system and they are taught the right way," the scout said, adding that Ramczyk "played against Arden Key, Sam Hubbard and Taco Charlton. This guy is battle tested against three future first rounders." The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder unfortunately has been largely unable to show off his strong athletic traits during the evaluating process, as he required hip surgery at the beginning of January. Even with that procedure weighing on his record, he remains a solid bet to be drafted in the teens or early 20's of the first round later this month.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 3:47 PM


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