Wisconsin Badgers: 3 Players Who Will Fare Best at the NFL Combine
The NFL combines host over 300 pro football prospects this weekend in Indianapolis. Eight of them are former Wisconsin Badgers who are vying to impress.
While their play this past season is a huge factor in where they will be drafted, the players' combine performances can affect their draft status and payday.
Here are three former Badgers who are likely to impress NFL scouts.
At 6'5", 315 pounds, center Peter Konz is highly likely to be a first-round draft pick.
With his size and speed, Konz is sure to impress scouts and only help his chances to garner a strong draft position.
With the uncertainty of re-signing center Scott Wells, his home state team—the Green Bay Packers—would be happy to see Konz's name still on the board when they pick from their 28th slot.
But don't count on it.
Yes, the combines are more about numbers in size, speed and strength, and none of these are factors in Russell Wilson's success.
However, Wilson is an overachiever and great all-around athlete who will somehow find a way to stand out in the crowd despite what he lacks in all the numbers.
Russell will undoubtedly impress in the personal interviews and the throwing portion of the combine...and don't be surprised if he pops off a great 40 time for good measure as well.
Wilson's a sleeper who will open some NFL eyes this weekend.
Similar to Wilson, Bradie Ewing is a bit of an underdog. He is undersized at 6' and 235 pounds but had a good senior bowl with NFL blogger Tom Melton seeing his stock.
Ewing is a sharp, hard-working player who will impress in the personal interviews and even has decent speed for a fullback, having been clocked at a 4.79 40 yard dash.
While many of the current NFL offenses eschew fullbacks in their schemes, fullbacks are still valuable special teams players and important in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
Additionally, Ewing is one of only two fullbacks invited to the combines, so if a team is looking for a reliable blocking fullback who isn't afraid of dirty work, Ewing is a good pick.