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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

Last week, Wisconsin edge rusher T.J. Watt worked out for the Cowboys, Lions and Patriots.

He is also scheduled to work out for the Panthers, and has visits in the coming weeks booked with the Cowboys and the Redskins. During the pre-Draft process, Watt has worked out at outside linebacker, inside linebacker and on the defensive line. Watt said he's "leaning toward just hanging out with the family" on Draft Day with "no cameras, no nothing."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 2:22 PM

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


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