NFL Combine Wrap-up

Despite the NFL Combine getting so much press, it sure is hard to get all the information and results on each player. Luckily we watched the coverage and searched the internet for scouts' opinions.

The Badgers had 7 participants in this year's combine and here's how each fared:

Travis Beckum - TE - 6'3, 243

Beckum was the co-top performer on the bench press among tight ends. He and James Casey from Rice each finished 28 reps on the 225 lb. bench press.

Note: All participants at the combine bench 225 pounds and the results are based on how many reps can be completed.

For comparison, Beckum performed better than OG Andy Kemp who only completed 23 reps on the bench press. OG Kraig Urbik completed 29.

Beckum did not participate in any other workouts because of the leg injury that ended his season prematurely in late October.

Our Grade: B+

 

Jonathan Casillas - LB - 6'1, 228

Like Beckum, Casillas only worked out on the bench press, finishing with 24 reps, which was about the average for outside linebackers. Casillas is still recovering from the knee surgery that forced him to miss the Champs Sports Bowl in December. He is hoping to impress scouts at Wisconsin's Pro Day on March 4.

Our Grade:C

P.J. Hill - RB - 5'10, 222

The scouts were impressed that Hill weighed 16 pounds lighter than he did at the end of the college season, but that's about all he did in Indianapolis. Hill did not participate in any of the workouts.

Our Grade: C-

Andy Kemp - OG - 6'5, 313

As mentioned before, Kemp didn't exactly impress on the bench press, finishing with only 23 reps. He also ran a 5.51 40-yard dash, which was the fifth slowest time among offensive guards.

Kemp's stock has been falling after he wasn't cleared to play in the East-West Shrine Game because of an unspecified neck condition. Doctors cleared him to continue his pro career, but obviously his combine results were not stellar.

Some still consider Kemp to be a third or fourth round draft pick, however.

Our Grade: D

DeAndre Levy - LB - 6'2, 236

Like Casillas, Levy only participated in the bench press, but he only finished with 19 reps, third worst among outside linebackers. He was supposed to run a 40, but he suffered a strained hamstring in warm-ups and chose not to run.

Scouts have projected Levy to go anywhere between the third and fifth rounds in the draft.

Our Grade: F

Matt Shaughnessy - DE - 6'5, 266

Shaughnessy ran a 4.88 40-yard dash and benched 24 reps. Both numbers were in the middle of the pack among participants. Scouts like his length, however, as his hands and arms measured among the top in the group.

Some think Shaughnessy could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He is currently considered a third or fourth round pick.

Our Grade: B-

Kraig Urbik - OG - 6'5, 328

Urbik ran a pretty good 40-yard dash for an offensive guard, clocking in at 5.33. He also benched 29 reps, tied for third best at his position.

Urbik is more pro-ready than Kemp and some scouts see him as a third-round pick.

Our Grade: B+

Note: Our grades based on performances at the NFL Combine alone.

Information gathered from NFL.com, FootballsFuture.com, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and from TV coverage on the NFL Network.

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