Where do Wisconsin football alums stand in the latest NFL Draft projections?
As the 2022 NFL season closes, the next best thing is the NFL Draft. Wisconsin football team has seven guys committed to the 2023 draft. Of course, it’s always exciting to see where the Badgers land and the impact they make on their new team. Below I will list the current projections for the Badgers players.
Defensive lineman Keeanu is currently projected to go in the 4th round. Keeanu Benton participated in the Senior Bowl, where he impressed. He plays with great leverage and violent hands. With Keeanu’s athletic ability and experience, we should see him go on day two in the third round. Keeanu will be attending the NFL Combine.
The Badgers center does not get the respect that is due. Currently projected to go in the 4th round; like Keeanu, he should go on day two. Joe is an athletic guy that can play either guard or center. Landing in the right offense, he should be able to make an impact immediately. Nonetheless, he should be an excellent versatile depth piece for a team. Joe will be attending the NFL Combine.
Herbig is currently projected to be drafted in the 7th round. Herbig impressed this year while rushing the passing, finishing the season with 34 total pressures and 11 sacks. He is a relentless pass rusher that should find himself as a situational pass rusher on a team. Herbig will be attending the NFL Combine.
The fifth-year senior guard is projected to be undrafted. Beach is an experienced lineman who plays with some anger in his game. He should find himself on a team looking for a versatile reserve that they can rely on.
The late transfer fifth-year senior Badger is projected to be undrafted. First, Shaw, who has a combination of size and speed, will bring value to a team’s special teams unit. Secondly, Shaw might excel in the slot where he can utilize his quickness.
The “Jewelry Thief” is currently projected to be undrafted. However, Torchio showed a knack for always being around the ball. He should find a role early on with special teams, but you can’t teach his ball-hawking instincts. Torchio would add some secondary depth to a team looking for a hard-nosed football player.
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