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Wisconsin HC Gary Andersen will coach boundary LBs in 2014.

Andersen had previously given the job to a graduate assistant, according to Chris Vannini. The Badgers mainly run an odd man front, so generating disruption on the edge is very important. Andersen has plenty of defensive line work on his resume.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 24 - 1:16 PM

Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon reminds NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks of a young Darren McFadden.

"Gordon is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball as a runner," Brooks wrote. In a heads-up comparison between Gordon and Georgia's Todd Gurley, Brooks preferred Gordon. "He is a speed demon (Gordon reportedly clocks 40-yard dash times in the low-to-mid 4.4-second range) with remarkable explosiveness and instant acceleration," Brooks wrote. "Gordon quickly gets to top gear in the open field, but appears to have an extra burst when he needs to pull away from defenders on long runs." The 6-1, 203-pound speedster averaged a ludicrous 7.8 yards per carry and collected more than 1,600 yards in 2013.
Source: NFL
Jun 22 - 5:56 PM

NFL evaluators are "smitten" by Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon due to his "home-run" hitting ability, according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The NFL is keenly interested in Gordon's "speed, explosiveness and big-play potential as a perimeter runner." Gordon averaged a ludicrous 7.8 yards per carry and collected more than 1,600 yards in 2013. The 6-1, 203-pound speedster surprisingly decided to return to school for one more season even though most believe he would have been the first RB selected earlier this month. "As a runner, Gordon is a long strider with sneaky quickness and acceleration in the hole," Brooks wrote. "He flashes explosive pitter-pat bouncing runs to the perimeter, but is more than a 'one-trick pony' as a runner. Gordon effectively runs between the tackles on counters and powers, exhibiting enough strength and power to run through arm tackles in traffic. As a result, NFL scouts are encouraged by his ability to be a feature back at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 1:34 PM

NFL.com's Mike Huguenin believes Wisconsin redshirt junior RB Melvin Gordon could have been the first running back taken in the 2014 draft.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported in March that the Badgers' star was the top back on some draft boards this year. Gordon (6-foot-1, 207 pounds), a junior, "is a dynamic playmaker who needs to show more toughness and that he knows how to catch the ball," according to Huguenin. Gordon rushed for 1,609 yards in 2013, good for 10th-most in the nation. Huguenin predicts he'll be the Big 10's best offensive player this coming season.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 7:06 PM

Wisconsin HC Gary Andersen called redshirt junior QBs Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave options "A and A" heading into the summer.

Freshman D.J. Gillins will be third on the depth chart. Stave started all 13 games last season, and McEvoy actually moved from quarterback, to wide receiver, to defensive back. Stave, because of his recent experience at the position, seems to be the odds on favorite to start.
May 19 - 3:57 PM

Third-rounder S Dezmen Southward, the No. 68 overall pick, will play free safety, according to Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff.

Southward wasn't asked to do much covering for the Badgers during his first three years on campus ("My senior year is the first year that I did it," he said), so Atlanta is doing the right thing by assigning him center field duties. The club's brass knows Southward's strengths: The athletic, big-bodied safety (6-foot 1/4, 211 pounds, 4.38 forty, 42-inch vertical) is also smart (31 Wonderlic), ensuring that he'll fill allies, doll out punishment, and won't get fooled much. Dwight Lowery's days as a starter are numbered. "He is a guy who is big and fast (and has) really good natural agility and movement for a bigger safety," Dimitroff said. "He has had one of the best three-cone (drill) times, which is usually an indicator of body control and movement. He has cover skills and very good range. We think he has some real upside."
May 11 - 5:16 PM

Falcons signed Wisconsin TE Jacob Pedersen.

Pederson (6-foot-3 1/2, 238) was a diminutive tight end for the Badgers, finishing his career with 33 starts, 104 catches for 1,394 yards (13.4 YPR), and 17 touchdowns. He ran a sluggish 4.89 forty at the Combine with a lineman-like 28 1/2-inch vertical. Peterson lacks athleticism to make a significant passing-game impact even for a tight end needy team like the Falcons, and he lacks the size to block linebackers or defensive ends. A very low-ceiling prospect, he'll have to make his NFL living on special teams.
May 11 - 3:02 PM

Eagles selected Wisconsin DT Beau Allen with the No. 224 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Allen (6-foot-2 1/2, 333) did the dirty work at nose tackle for the Badgers, freeing up MLB Chris Borland to make plays. He was a two-gapping interior presence, finishing his career with 15 tackles for loss to go with eight sacks. Allen projects as a rotational, two-down run stuffer with limited upside, but there is a role-playing place for him in the NFL. He'll be a true nose tackle for the Eagles.
May 10 - 5:52 PM

Packers selected Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis with the No. 176 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Abbrederis (6-foot-1, 195) earned draft evaluators' respect by shredding heralded Ohio State CB Bradley Roby for a 10-207-1 stat line last September. A former walk-on, Abbrederis did his best work at Z and X receiver as opposed the slot, leaving Madison ranked first all-time in career catches (202), and No. 2 in both receiving yards (3,140) and touchdowns (23). He was also an effective kick and punt returner. Although he created separation in the Big Ten, Abbrederis lacks ideal size, speed (4.50), and explosion (30 1/2" vertical), and will likely max out a sub-package wideout with special teams value.
May 10 - 3:44 PM

Patriots selected Wisconsin RB James White with the No. 130 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

White (5-foot-9, 204) was a timeshare back throughout college, first splitting with Montee Ball and later Melvin Gordon III. White finished his career with 4,015 yards and 45 touchdowns on 643 carries (6.24 YPC), adding 73 receptions. Labeled a "terrific pass protector" by NFL Films' Greg Cosell, White is an intelligent, patient runner with adequate speed (4.57) but limited burst (9-foot-6 broad jump). He fumbled just twice in four seasons and at worst should make for a useful third-down back. White has some potential to become a lower-end starter in a zone-blocking scheme. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are both in contract years.
May 10 - 2:30 PM

49ers selected Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland with the No. 77 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Borland (5-foot-11 1/2, 248) earned 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and set the conference record for career forced fumbles (15). His 420 tackles rank sixth in Wisconsin history, 50 of which went for a loss. A sure tackler with deceptive burst to the ball carrier, Borland has T-Rex arms (29 1/4") and lacks ideal speed (4.83), but overcomes limitations by just being good at football. Smart (32 Wonderlic score), and exceptionally instinctive, Borland projects as a future starting inside linebacker whose coverage deficiencies may have to be masked by scheme. He will likely rotate early with Michael Wilhoite until NaVorro Bowman gets back to full health.
May 9 - 10:17 PM

Falcons selected Wisconsin S Dezmen Southward with the No. 68 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Southward (6-foot 1/4, 211) made 30 starts for the Badgers, recording 11.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and four forced fumbles. He turned heads at Wisconsin's Pro Day, scorching a 4.38 forty with a 42-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Southward lacks ideal ball skills, but is a plus-sized safety with experience covering college slot receivers, smarts (31 Wonderlic), and can fill in the alley. Southward figures to open his career on special teams, but offers many starting-caliber straits. He'll push Dwight Lowery in training camp to start at free safety, across from SS William Moore.
May 9 - 10:03 PM

At least one NFL club removed Wisconsin ILB Chris Borland from its draft board due to his injured left shoulder.

Doctors on the mystery club's staff say the Badgers' star's left shoulder would require additional surgery. You can understand why that turns off the team, as Borland has already undergone two procedures on the shoulder. "The issue with his shoulder is that he had a repair and the screw has kind of slid down into the joint," an executive said. "So there's a feeling that he's going to have to have another surgery." Luckily for the prospects, other squads believe he'll be able to play through the pain. "Yes, Borland does have concerns with his shoulders, especially the one with the screw, but he is not a fail on our board," an executive for a different team said. "Just a concern. The guy is tough and rarely misses time, but the injuries are a concern because of the position he plays."
Apr 30 - 8:31 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell believes Wisconsin S Dez Southward is a sleeper.

"I thought he was very very interesting on film," Cosell said on the "Ross Tucker Podcast." The analyst explained that he looks for four things when evaluating safety prospects: 1.) Tackling/defending the run, 2.) Can they play single-high safety?, 3.) Can they play Cover-2 concepts?, 4.) Can they play man-to-man? Cosell didn't state this, but it was implied that Southward displayed the ability to do all four. The Badgers' product has met with the Colts and Redskins, and been worked out privately by the Patriots.
Apr 24 - 7:33 PM

Wisconsin S Dez Southward had a pre-draft visit with the Colts, according to draft insider Tony Pauline.

Southward has also met with the Redskins, and been worked out privately by the Patriots. He struggles some when asked to cover one-on-one, but Southward keeps improving and has eliminated a lot of holes in his game. He's rangy, doesn't get caught out of position, and will close quickly. Southward was held out of the combine due to a neck injury. At his pro day, he ran a 4.38 second forty and had a 42-inch vertical leap.
Apr 23 - 8:40 PM


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