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Wisconsin redshirt junior C Dan Voltz named to Rimington Trophy watch list.

The 6-foot-3, 311-pound Voltz was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list for the second time in his career; the award is given annually to the nation’s top center. The three-year starter was part of the Badger's offensive line that led the way for Heisman Trophy runner-up Melvin Gordon, who rushed for 2,587 rushing yards last season, which was the second-most in FBS history.
May 22 - 3:24 PM

Rotoworld's Evan Silva wanted to San Diego "grab at least one quality offensive lineman and an upgrade at nose tackle" but graded the Chargers as having a passing "B-" draft.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco surrendered a 2015 fourth-rounder and 2016 fifth-rounder to move up two spots in Round 1 to secure Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon. "Inside thumper [Denzel] Perryman was a crucial addition to a Chargers defense that couldn't stop the run last year," Silva wrote. "He'll make overpaid Donald Butler expendable sooner rather than later." ESPN's Mel Kiper also gave San Diego a "B-" and added that "Gordon has a real shot to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year." Kiper wishes San Diego had added a wide receiver or tight end.
Source: Rotoworld
May 4 - 12:11 AM

Rams selected Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Havenstein (6'7/321) made 42 starts for the Badgers, clearing lanes for Melvin Gordon as a stalwart right tackle. He was voted first-team All American by college football's coaches in 2014. Havenstein showed limited athleticism in Indy (5.47 forty, 28 1/2" vertical), but has plus arm length (33 3/4") and is a Greg Cosell favorite for his drive-blocking ability. There has been concern that Havenstein managed 16 bench reps at the Combine, although recent Wisconsin alums Travis Frederick (21), Rick Wagner (20), and Peter Konz (18) also "struggled" on the bench, and Havenstein improved to 20 reps at his Pro Day. He projects as a potential long-term answer at right tackle.
May 1 - 9:14 PM

Chargers traded up with 49ers to select Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

In exchange for flipping first-round selections with the 49ers, San Diego is surrendering a 2015 fourth-round pick and 2016 fifth-rounder. Gordon will immediately slide in as Ryan Mathews' replacement. Gordon (6'1/215) succeeded Montee Ball as Wisconsin's bell-cow, parlaying 631 career carries into 4,915 yards (7.79 YPC!) and 45 touchdowns. On the flipside, he caught only 22 passes, and is a sub-par pass blocker on tape. "MG3" ran 4.52 at the Combine with a 35-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-6 broad jump. Gordon has elite burst, but was stuffed for no yardage or a loss on nearly 20 percent of his college runs. He also fumbled once every 54.4 touches, the second highest fumble rate in the 2015 class. Still an exciting talent, Gordon projects best as a two-down runner with big-play ability.
Apr 30 - 9:50 PM

Scouts polled by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel most often compared Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III to Jamaal Charles.

The comparison has been made often during the process. "But Jamaal catches the ball out of the backfield really well," a scout said. "That's not a part of his game (Gordon) is developed in. Even a year ago they were replacing him on third downs with James White. He's got solid speed, not special. He's an outside runner that will have to run inside in the NFL, and that's going to be a challenge. I don't think he's a complete back." Another scout agreed MGIII "need[s] work in the pass game," while a third said he "doesn't have any holes." A fourth concluded: "Is he going to be Todd Gurley or Earl Campbell? No, no way. But there's a lot to go on with that guy. There's a role for that guy. That's what everybody's playing. You're playing roles."
Apr 28 - 10:43 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden says Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III "has a slight edge over Todd Gurley in my book based on the injuries."

"Gordon has the best stiff-arm in the draft," Gruden said. "He has 4.5 speed and his speed in pads on game day is the same. If I am the Dallas Cowboys and I want a back, I'm taking Gordon. If I'm San Diego, I'm looking at Gordon. I've seen him show awareness and I've seen him catch the ball at the combine and in games when thrown to. He looks like Roger Craig out there. He is going in the top 15 picks." Gruden is in the minority here, as most rate Gurley above MGIII. Gordon must improve his ball security. His 1.8 career fumble percentage is near the bottom of this year's class.
Apr 28 - 1:41 AM

Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein "is the type of player who could be found as late as Day 3 and end up developing into one of the best offensive linemen in the draft," writes Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus.

"He needs to work on his pass protection, tying for just 60th in this draft class with a pass-blocking efficiency rating of 96.3 percent last season, but he already looks very good as a run-blocker," McGuinness wrote. "He impresses at the second level, and when he got there against linebackers in 2014, it was game over, swallowing them up and finishing his blocks well. He shows quick feet, which helps when he is asked to pull, and he did a good job setting up cutback blocks on zone runs." Havenstein was frequently the lead convoy behind which Melvin Gordon found open field in 2014, but he's a scheme-specific prospect only desirable to run-heavy teams. A scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently compared Havenstein to Jon Runyan. Another scout likened him to Tony Pashos.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 2:03 AM

Wisconsin DT Warren Herring "plays his (expletive) off," said an NFL scout.

"Not real tall," he said. "I can't see him as a nose and he's certainly not a five-technique. I don't know where you play him in our (3-4) defense. Will he get drafted? He could. It depends how his knee is." The 6-foot-2, 287-pound Herring, who runs a 5.20 forty, finished with 56 tackles (10 for loss) and 4.5 sacks. "Medical concerns," said a second scout. "Just a few starts last year. Undersized. Got a little movement but lacks strength and size."
Apr 25 - 5:07 PM

Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein reminds an NFL scout "a little bit of Jon Runyan."

"He played in the league a long time and was a tough guy," the scout said. "Havenstein competes. He's got to get a little stronger. I think he's a third- or fourth-round guy. He'll be a make-it guy and play in the league for a few years." A different scout speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had a different comparison. "He's like Tony Pashos," another scout said. "He's going to play because he's too damn big. He stays up on his feet pretty good. His problem is going to be quickness. I like him. Ricky Wagner is a way better athlete. This guy is tough." A third scout highlighted Havenstein's inconsistency. "One game, I said, 'Wow, this guy's a good player,'" he said. "Then he went three or four games and was just kind of flopping around. He's going to be a big mauler type. He's third, fourth round, something like that."
Apr 23 - 10:45 PM

An NFL scout said he is "highly impressed" with Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III, "but I don't take running backs in the first round."

"I like him," he said. "Guys like (Nebraska's) Randy Gregory shut it down in bowl games. Gordon played one of his better games the last game of the year (against Auburn). I think he likes the game." Despite the scout's RB bias, MGIII is expected to go in Round 1. "He could be a wow player," another scout said. "I worried a little bit about his top end (speed) and I didn't see him catch enough on tape." The Chargers, Lions, Cardinals and Cowboys are four potential future employers.
Apr 23 - 10:16 PM

Wisconsin WR/KR Kenzel Doe will be a UDFA because of his size, according to an NFL scout, but possesses a good attitude and a number of plus athletic traits.

"Kind of an interesting guy," the scout said. "Free agent because he's little, but he's about the one guy on the team that looked like he had some speed. Good hands. Aggressive north-south returner. Little burst. Also the gunner on the punt team. Goes downfield and makes tackles." The 5-foot-7 1/2, 175-pound Doe, who runs a 4.54 forty, averaged 9.8 yards per punt return and 23.9 yards per kickoff return in college, chipping in 42 catches for 379 yards (9.0) and one score. "Yeah, he's got a little something to him," another scout said. "He's small but he's got some quick speed and he's tough."
Apr 23 - 9:12 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III "is best-suited for a zone-blocking scheme," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay.

The analyst ranks him No. 23 overall. "He's at his best utilizing his vision and patience to identify creases and then sticking his foot in the ground and quickly accelerating upfield," McShay wrote. "He also has a great sense for cutback lanes and reading the second level of the defense to exploit linebackers or safeties who over-pursue." McShay is most concerned about Gordon's ball security, as the runner's 1.8 career fumble percentage is amongst the dregs of this year's class. McShay also expressed reservation over Gordon's pass-catching and pass protection.
Apr 23 - 5:44 PM

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III led the nation in missed tackles forced but finished only No. 6 in CFF's Elusive Rating.

The metric tries to isolate a runner's ability from his OL by weighting missed tackles and yards after contact against the RB’s touches. It's for that reason that MGIII falls a bit, as he had 343 touches last year (compared to 123 for Todd Gurley, who finished No. 1). "How many highly drafted running backs should get second contracts? That is a question analytics directors and general managers must ask in determining how early to select runners with shorter career spans," wrote Mike Sando. "Gordon's Speed Score was fifth in this class of backs, well below the 110 for first-round backs over the past decade, Football Outsiders has noted."
Apr 22 - 8:16 PM

Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein "is a massive right tackle who can really help a team that wants to be a power running team," wrote CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He isn't a great athlete, but he is good in the run game," Prisco wrote. Havenstein made Prisco's "Better-Than team," basically a list of underrated prospects. The massive 6-foot-8, 333-pound Havenstein had an awful combine with a 5.46 40-yard dash, one of the worst 20-yard shuttle showings amongst linemen (4.87), the worst three-cone drill time (8.28), and an OL-low 16 reps on the bench press. In a run-first scheme, however, he could become a starting RT.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 10:25 PM

Wisconsin T Rob Havenstein has had private workouts for the Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Despite Havenstein's horrid combine showing -- he beat only eight offensive linemen with a 5.46 40-yard dash, had one of the worst 20-yard shuttle showings amongst linemen (4.87), had the worst three-cone drill time (8.28), and posted a field-low 16 reps on the bench press -- he "has impressed NFL teams with his size, intelligence and toughness," according to Aaron Wilson. Wisconsin's 320.1 rushing yards per game ranked third nationally last year and Melvin Gordon was frequently instructed to run behind Havenstein's wake. Havenstein is only a desirable prospect for run-heavy teams.
Apr 19 - 7:40 PM


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