T.J. Watt drafted 30th to Steelers, Ryan Ramczyk 32nd to Saints

PHILADELPHIA — Former Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk waited longer than he thought, but was drafted 32nd overall by the New Orleans Saints to wrap up round one of the 2017 NFL Draft. Fellow Badger T.J. Watt went two picks earlier to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

An all-state selection as a high schooler in Stevens Point, Wis., Ramczyk passed up a scholarship offer from Paul Chryst when he was coaching at Pitt so that he could attend a local technical college. He was offered a chance to play for Division III Wisconsin | Stevens Point where he was a two-time all-conference selection.

Ramczyk made the jump to the Division I level at Wisconsin, sitting out the 2015 season due to transfer rules, before making his impact felt in his 2016 campaign. He earned Associated Press All-American honors while starting every game for the Badgers.

Ryan Ramczyk to enter 2017 NFL Draft

MADISON, Wis. — Six days after Wisconsin teammate T.J. Watt announced his decision to enter the 2017 NFL Draft, left tackle Ryan Ramczyk will follow suit.

Monday night, Ramczyk told Scott Williams of the Stevens Point Journal that he plans on forfeiting his final year of eligibility as a Badger to enter the NFL where many analysts have him as a projected first round pick. Ramczyk told reporters in Madison prior to the Cotton Bowl that a lot of his decision depended on the result of hip surgery which was scheduled last week.

“This definitely was a huge decision in my life,” said Ramczyk told Williams in a phone interview. “I feel really confident about the decision. It’s something my parents and I have talked about for countless hours. We weighed the pros and cons and the opportunity was too hard to turn down.

Ramczyk sat out the 2015 season after transferring to Wisconsin from division III Wisconsin | Stevens Point.

“Taking that year off [after transferring] helped me adjust to the speed of the game at this level. I knew I had the potential to be a really good player. I took it week by week and focused on being the best I could be.”

Corey Clement announces he’s received an invite to NFL Scouting Combine

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin running back Corey Clement will get a chance to prove himself in front of hundreds of scouts after announcing he’d received an invite to the NFL combine in Indianapolis.

Clement made the announcement via Facebook, paving way for the Glassboro, N.J. native to prove himself on a national stage. CBS Sports ranks him as the No. 8 running back in the 2017 NFL Draft class.

Clement hoped to make the jump to the NFL last season, but a nagging sports hernia, along with an off-campus fight led to missed games and a season he’d like to put behind him.

Goodell supports possibility of Packers hosting NFL Draft

MINNEAPOLIS — When questioned this weekend about the possibility of the Packers hosting a future NFL Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the addition of the Titletown District makes Green Bay a “great” choice.

Currently under construction, the Titletown District is scheduled for completion sometime in 2019 to line up with the Packers’ 100th anniversary. Team president Mark Murphy recently voiced his support for requesting to be the draft host as early as 2019, but NFL officials have not received any official paperwork from the Packers.

“I think that whole development that’s happening around the stadium could be a great place for it,” Goodell said, “but a lot of communities are trying to do this. Each community is putting their own twists on these things, which is really great.”

Working against the Packers is the lack of lodging for fans who would attend the NFL Draft event. The city of Green Bay has a population of 104,057, with this year’s draft in Chicago drawing an estimated 225,000.

The draft venue is typically chosen the summer of the prior year, so if the Packers propose Green Bay as a host city, an announcement would likely be made in summer 2018.

Packers Select OLB Kyler Fackrell In Third Round

By Eric Rogers
Apr. 29, 2016
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers filled an area of need Friday night be selected linebacker Kyler Fackrell in the third round of the NFL Draft.
Fackrell is an Arizona native listed at 6″5′ 250 lbs, but says he’d like to add 10 lbs to his upper body in order to improve on power moves.
Although he was an All-Mountain West First-Teamer and Butkus Award Semifinalist this past season, the biggest knock against Fackrell was the season-ending knee injury in 2014 that occurred after just a single game.
Fackrell calls the injury a “blessing in disguise” because his wife was pregnant at the time and having difficulties. That time off from football allowed him to care for her and their future daughter.
His senior season, Fackrell set a Utah State record with 12 quarterback hurries. He was also recruited by former University of Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen.
Career-highs include 13 tackles against BYU in 2013, 3 tackles for loss against Colorado State in 2015, and three times recorded a pair of sacks.

Packers Trade Up To Select OT Jason Spriggs In Round 2

By Jake Zimmermann
April 29, 2016  7:37 P.M.
CHICAGO, Illinois | The Packers made a trade with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday night in round two of the NFL Draft to select offensive lineman Jason Spriggs #48 overall. To move up nine spots, the Packers sent their 2nd round pick (#57), a fourth rounder (#125), and seventh rounder (#248). Spriggs was a four-year starter at Indiana. He’s 6’7″, 309 pounds. 
Spriggs originally was a tight end at Indiana that turned into a star offensive tackle. 
Spriggs was recognized as the most outstanding lineman at the Senior Bowl. He also had a great NFL combine posting the fastest 40-yard dash among offensive linemen (4.92 seconds), the longest broad jump (9-foot-7) and the second fastest short-shuttle time (4.44). 
 

GM Joe: Green Bay To Add Value In Day 2 Of Draft

By Sean ‘Snuff’ Smith  Fri. April 29, 2016 10:59 a.m. CT   
MADISON, Wisconsin  —  So, You didn’t know who Kenny Clark was, huh?  Ted Thompson sure did as he grabbed the beastly Bruin of UCLA at Pick 27 of Round 1.  Despite it being a Passing Game, teams MUST stop the Run first and foremost.  This big Fella will get it done!  Joe Daguanno mines for Gold in rounds 2 and 3: Joe D. will encompass the Packers entire Draft Monday morning after 6 with Kidd Snuff & the Benchwarmers.
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Packers Select UCLA DT Kenny Clark In 1st Round

By Jake Zimmermann
April 28, 2016 10:16 P.M.
CHICAGO | The Green Bay Packers selected UCLA defensive tackle Kenny Clark in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft No. 27 overall on Thursday night.
It’s the fifth year in a row the Packers have selected a defensive player with their first round pick, but it was met with some criticism from analysts, who would rather have seen Green Bay select inside linebackers Myles Jack (UCLA) or Reggie Ragland (Alabama).
Clark is coming off a great junior season with the Bruins. He has started in 29 consecutive games and was a third-team All American last season. Clark is 6’3″ and weighs 310 pounds. He appeared on the Bednarik, Nagurski, Outland and Lombardi Award Watch lists. He recorded career bests in tackles (75) and sacks (6). Clark is the 5th straight defensive player taken in the first round by the Packers.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson said Clark was his player available, but Clark told reporters he had limited contact with Green Bay prior to the draft. He had not worked out for the Packers, but only had an interview during the NFL Combine.
Clark was in his native state of California the night of the draft and spoke with media members in Green Bay via teleconference, which was cut short by his agent after about 12 minutes. Clark was reportedly surrounded by 300-plus family members and needed to celebrate with them.
 

Stave Continues To Silence Critics As He Prepares For The NFL Draft

April 27,2016
2:30 p.m.
MADISON, Wis | After impressing at the NFL Combine, Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave hopes to be drafted.
The all-time winningest quarterback in Badgers history won’t be paying much attention to the NFL Draft.

“I may not even watch it. I may just relax,” Stave said on the Joe & Ebo Show this morning, “I’ll keep my phone on me, obviously, and be ready for a call.”
Classic Stave, no matter what is happening on or off the football field, he stays cool, calm and collected.
Listen to the full interview below:

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NFL Draft Kickoff In Chicago!

By Jake Zimmermann
April 26, 2016 – 4:01 PM
 
CHICAGO, Illinois – I just arrived in Chicago. “Draft Town” as it’s called this week. It’s the second straight year the NFL Draft is being held in the Windy City. I got off the bus donning a cheesehead and a Packers jersey!! 
OK.. no, I didn’t. I have to stay “neutral.” I’m a member of the media after all.
But I did talk to a few NFL fans on the way down. They asked me who I thought the Packers would select in the first round. I’m like.. do you know who Ted Thompson is??
Seriously nobody can really get in the head of Ted besides Ted himself. (actually I’m not really sure he knows what he’s thinking).
The Packers GM is great at building the Packers through the draft. This is Ted’s time. He’s REALLY good at what he does. But he’s also really good at hiding what he’s thinking.
Tomorrow I get to talk to the likes of Vernon Butler and Reggie Ragland. Those are a few of the players I think the Packers might be targeting. 
The NFL Draft has really become a major event. I’ve covered the Super Bowl and this feels very much like that. I encourage Wisconsin football fans to make the relatively short drive to Chicago to check out all the great festivities! For more info go to http://www.choosechicago.com/event/2016-NFL-Draft/25218/
Of course.. keep tuning into 106.7 FM, 1670 AM The Zone over the next few days for all my NFL Draft coverage! Thanks for listening!!