Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 21, 2015

Wisconsin has been one of the Big Ten?s bellwether programs of late, winning three Big Ten titles since 2010 and going to a bowl each season since 2002. And that success has translated into one of the most prolific draft resumes among all Big Ten schools over the last 10 years.

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In that time, the program has lived up to its billing as an ?offensive line? factory, producing 10 selections. The Badgers also have been pretty good at churning out defensive linemen with eight picks.

Wisconsin will add to its NFL draft resume in 2015, as running back Melvin Gordon looks like a sure-fire first-round selection. Other Badgers who figure to have their names called include offensive tackle Rob Havenstein and guard Dallas Lewallen.

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


Highest pick: No. 3 OT Joe Thomas, 2007/Browns

Most fertile draft: 2005, seven selections

Total first-round picks: 6

Total picks: 42

Position breakdown:

  • Offensive line: 10
  • Defensive line: 8
  • Running back: 5
  • Receiver: 5
  • Tight end: 5
  • Linebacker: 3
  • Defensive back: 3
  • Quarterback: 1
  • Kicker: 1
  • Punter: 1


First round: DE Erasmus James, Vikings

Third round: DB Scott Starks, Jaguars

Fourth round: G Dan Buenning, Buccaneers

Fifth round: DE Jonathan Welsh, Colts

Sixth round: DT Anttaj Hawthorne, Raiders

Sixth round: DT Jason Jefferson, Saints

Seventh round: RB Antony Davis, Colts


Third round: RB Brian Calhoun, Lions

Third round: WR Brandon Williams, 49ers

Fourth round: TE Owen Daniels, Texans

Fifth round: TE Jason Pociask, Jets

Sixth round: WR Jonathan Orr, Titans


First round: OT Joe Thomas, Browns


Fourth round: CB Jack Ikegwuonu, Eagles

Sixth round: K Taylor Mehlhaff, Saints

Sixth round: DT Nick Hayden, Panthers

Sixth round: WR Paul Hubbard, Browns


Third round: DE Matt Shaughnessy, Raiders

Third round: LB DeAndre Levy, Lions

Third round: OT Kraig Urbik, Steelers

Third round: TE Travis Beckum, Giants


Fourth round: TE Garrett Graham, Texans

Fourth round: LB O?Brien Schofield, Cardinals


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


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


First round: C Travis Frederick Cowboys

Second round: RB Montee Ball, Broncos

Fifth round: OT Ricky Wagner, Ravens


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

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