2012 NFL Draft: Badgers' FB Bradie Ewing Plans to Be Versatile Offensive Threat

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIMarch 5, 2012

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 26:  Bradie Ewing #34 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Camp Randall Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Penn State 45-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Wisconsin Badgers' fullback Bradie Ewing is going to be a steal for whichever team picks him up in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Even though it may seem like the fullback position is phasing out in today's game, Ewing feels that he can bring a ton of offensive prowess to an NFL team.

The position has drastically changed from the ground-and-pound, lead blocking fullbacks of the past.

Nowadays fullbacks have to be able to not only block, but they have to run the ball, catch it out of the backfield, and be able to play comfortably on the edges and in space.

At 6'1'', 245 pounds, Ewing projects perfectly as a fullback in the NFL. He proved that he can be an offensive factor at Wisconsin—with two rushing and two receiving touchdowns in his collegiate career—and he can be a huge addition to a team looking for some production and stability out of the fullback position.

I was able to talk with Ewing recently at the 2012 NFL combine, and we talked about his offensive abilities and more.

Check out the interview:

AK: I’m imagining as a kid you wanted to be in the NFL. What’s it like growing up and now all of a sudden you are here, you are just about on the doorstep.  What is that like?

BE: It’s pretty crazy actually. You know, growing up like you said, it was always a dream of mine to have this opportunity and never really knew if it was going to come true.  Worked for it and worked for it, had some great opportunities and it feels surreal that I’m almost there, but yet so far away. I mean there is a lot to go.  I got to perform this weekend and do well at Pro-Day and stuff like that.  I just feel blessed for the opportunity.

AK: If I were an NFL team and I had to choose between you and someone else, what is your pitch?

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Running back Bradie Ewing #34 of the Wisconsin Badgers catches a pass in front of John Boyett #20 of the Oregon Ducks in the second half at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry Ho
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BE: You know, I am an all-around player, I think I bring a lot to the table. I can open up an offense.  I can do the things a traditional fullback can, do blocking and lead blocking and all that stuff.  But I have great hands and great athleticism. I can open up an offense, can split out, run routes out of the backfield and I can play special teams. I think I can provide a lot to not only your team but your locker room as well.

AK: Would you rather run or block?  Is there a preference? You are a fullback, it’s what you do right?

BE: Honestly, whatever I can do to help the team. Like I said, I think I have some skill sets that can be utilized in a lot of different ways ,and whatever the team needs to succeed and to help I’m willing to do it.

It's rather obvious after talking to Ewing that he is bringing a great attitude to this process, and that's another positive about him that NFL teams are sure to pick up on.

He's going to be a great locker room presence, and he has the tools to be a very valuable player on the field.

Fullback Bradie Ewing is going to be a steal.

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