The invitations to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind. have been officially sent out and six players from Wisconsin will be in attendance.
Linebackers Leon Jacobs and Garret Dooley, and defensive backs Natrell Jamerson and Nick Nelson will represent one of the best defenses in the country from the 2017 season. Tight end Troy Fumagalli is the only offensive player from Wisconsin that will be in attendance.
Linebacker Jack Cichy, who missed the entire 2017 season after tearing his ACL in preseason camp, was the sixth invitee from Wisconsin.
Jacobs, Dooley, Jamerson, and Nelson were key cogs in a defensive unit that was second in the FBS in total yards per game allowed (262.1 ypg) and third in points per game (13.9 ppg). Alabama was the country’s leader in both categories.
Fumagalli was the team’s leading receiver with 46 catches on the season for 547 yards and four touchdowns. He began his career at Wisconsin as a walk-on and finished with 135 catches for 1,627 yards and seven touchdowns in his career.
In the first seven-round mock draft from Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, four of the six Badgers were selected, with Nelson being the highest selection in the third-round to the Minnesota Vikings. Fumagalli, Cichy, and Dooley were the other Badgers taken in that mock draft, with Jamerson and Jacobs going undrafted.
A full list of the invitees to the 2018 NFL Combine can be found here.
Cichy, a former walk-on, missed the final seven games of the 2016 season with a torn pectoral and all of the 2017 season with a torn ACL. He had high expectations nationally for this season, as he was named to several preseason watch lists, including for the Bednarik Award, Nagurski Award, and Lott IMPACT Trophy.
In his career he played in 25 games for Wisconsin, totaling 121 total tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. Cichy was also named Defensive MVP for Wisconsin’s 2015 Holiday Bowl victory over USC. He had a team-high nine tackles and three sacks against the Trojans.
Cichy played as a true freshman in 2013 and then redshirted in 2014. After missing the entire 2017 season he would have been able to apply for a medical redshirt.
He was awarded a scholarship prior to the 2015 season.
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Demovsky writes that Green Bay “came close to making a deal” that would have helped the Packers move up in the draft order on Friday. Green Bay held picks No. 33 (Kevin King, CB, Washington) and No. 61 (Josh Jones, S, NC State) in round two of the draft. In round three, the Packers selected Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams with the 93rd overall pick, which may have been where Green Bay was looking to move up in the draft order.
Hundley was a fifth round draft selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, but quickly shot up the ranks on many teams’ trade boards after a solid preseason as a rookie. In his second year under Aaron Rodgers, Hundley saw the field in four games, but only attempted 10 passes in the regular season, completed two of them for 17 yards.
If Hundley continues to develop in his 2017 campaign, he’ll likely be dealt the following offseason.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
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