The 2017 NFL Draft will see talented college football players finding new homes in the NFL come April. Among them are several stars off the roster of the Wisconsin Badgers.
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In recent years, the Badgers have sent several players to the NFL via the draft. Last year linebacker Joe Schobert was the team's top selection, a fourth-round pick by the Cleveland Browns, and fullback Derek Watt was drafted in the sixth round by the San Diego Chargers.
2015 was highlighted by running back Melvin Gordon's selection 15th overall by the Chargers and offensive lineman Rob Havenstein's departure to the now-L.A. Rams with the 57th overall selection.
HEROSports.com's NFL Draft Analyst Todd Worly has ranked two Badgers prospects in the Top 50. As has become Wisconsin tradition, one is an offensive lineman, the other a member of the Watt family.
Here are his assessments of each player:
Ramczyk is a great story, having played his first two years at the Division III level (UW-Stevens Point) before redshirting and then enjoying a breakout season for the Big 10 West champs in 2016. He’s a bit of a project because he needs to get stronger, but once he does, he has the skillset to become a starting NFL tackle.
Watt has a nasty streak and motor that would make J.J. proud. With his combination of hips, feet, hands, explosiveness, burst to close and range, Watt has the potential to become a solid starter as a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level, and can exceed that if his knee bend improves at the point of attack.