Ten-year NFL draft snapshot: Wisconsin Badgers

Ten-year NFL draft snapshot: Wisconsin Badgers

When you think of Wisconsin, you think of an offense built around a punishing rushing attack led by mammoth offensive linemen. And those “big uglies” that pave the way have been the players picked most often in the last 10 NFL drafts, as 10 offensive linemen have been selected. And that total will rise in 2017, as Ryan Ramczyk is graded by most as the top offensive tackle prospect in the draft.

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Every position has been represented in the last 10 drafts for Wisconsin, which has had six first-round picks since 2007. And several Badgers could be picked in this year’s draft, held April 27-29 in Philadelphia.

Plenty of other Badgers figure to be selected this week in addition to Ramczyk—who looks to be a first-round pick. LB T.J. Watt should be a second-round pick. Fellow LB Vince Biegel looks like a middle-round pick along with RB Corey Clement. CB Sojourn Shelton, RB Dare Ogunbowale and QB Bart Houston project as seventh-rounders. SS Leo Musso and WR Robert Wheelwright likely will have to settle for being free-agents.

Here is a look at how Wisconsin has fared in the last 10 NFL drafts.

WISCONSIN DRAFT (2007-16)
Highest pick: No. 3 OT Joe Thomas, 2007/Browns
Most fertile draft: 2012, six selections
Total first-round picks: 6
Total picks: 34

Position breakdown:
• Offensive line: 10
• Defensive line: 4
• Running back: 4
• Linebacker: 4
• Receiver: 3
• Tight end: 3
• Defensive back: 2
• Quarterback: 1
• Kicker: 1
• Fullback: 1
• Punter: 1

2007
First round: OT Joe Thomas, Browns

2008
Fourth round: CB Jack Ikegwuonu, Eagles
Sixth round: K Taylor Mehlhaff, Saints
Sixth round: DT Nick Hayden, Panthers
Sixth round: WR Paul Hubbard, Browns

2009
Third round: DE Matt Shaughnessy, Raiders
Third round: LB DeAndre Levy, Lions
Third round: OT Kraig Urbik, Steelers
Third round: TE Travis Beckum, Giants

2010
Fourth round: TE Garrett Graham, Texans
Fourth round: LB O’Brien Schofield, Cardinals

2011
First round: DE J.J. Watt, Texans
First round: OT Gabe Carimi, Bears
Second round: TE Lance Kendricks, Rams
Third round: G John Moffitt, Seahawks
Seventh round: C Bill Nagy, Cowboys

2012
First round: G Kevin Zeitler, Bengals
Second round: G Peter Konz, Falcons
Third round: QB Russell Wilson, Seahawks
Fourth round: WR Nick Toon, Saints
Fifth round: RB Bradie Ewing, Falcons
Sixth round: P Brad Nortman, Panthers

2013
First round: C Travis Frederick Cowboys
Second round: RB Montee Ball, Broncos
Fifth round: OT Ricky Wagner, Ravens

2014
Third round: FS Dezmen Southward, Falcons
Third round: LB Chris Borland, 49ers
Fourth round: RB James White, Patriots
Fifth round: WR Jared Abbrederis, Packers
Seventh round: DT Beau Allen, Eagles

2015
First round: RB Melvin Gordon, Chargers
Second round: OT Rob Havenstein, Rams

2016
Fourth round: LB Joe Schobert, Browns
Sixth round: FB Derek Watt, Chargers

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for BTN.com and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.

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