Badger Bits: Spring Game Wrapup and NFL Draft Rumors

Everyone have a good weekend? We've got a big week in front of us with the 2011 NFL Draft coming up, so buckle your seat belts. It's gonna get drafty in here. Ok, that's one pun too many for me on a Monday morning, so let's get started and wrap up the Badgers' spring game. 

UWBadgers.com has their wrap up of the spring game, which says defense was the dominant squad on Saturday. That's certainly one way of putting it. The offense never got into a rhythm, and the biggest challenge the Badgers face before fall camp rolls around is getting steady play from the quarterbacks, according to Tom Oates. 

In my (admittedly amateur) opinion, I don't think it's time for Badger fans to hit the panic button. Essentially, the spring game is a public practice, and I don't think we should jump to conclusions from a small sample size. It sounds to me like Budmayr and the other Badger quarterbacks need to get more comfortable with their receivers and work on their timing, which means a good summer camp will go a long way towards soothing the Badgers' quarterback worries. 

More Badger Bits after the jump!

2011 NFL Draft

Check out SB Nation's latest mock draft before the NFL Draft starts this Thursday! The mock runs through the first two rounds, but don't forget that only first round is on TV Thursday night. Rounds two and three will be on Friday.

If you're and ESPN Insider, take a look at Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest Big Board. You can bet I'll be pouring over these for the next few days.

Check out scouting reports for many NFL draft prospects over at WalterFootball.com! This is a good way to get some insight as to what makes Gabe Carimi more valuable than Derek Sherrod, or vice versa. You can check out their mock draft too, if you feel like it.

Speaking of Carimi, according to Jim Polzin, he is ready to walk the walk after talking the talk during the NFL combine. Interesting note: I've seen the Kansas City Chiefs take Carimi in more and more mock drafts recently. I'm not saying, I'm just saying. 

Miscellaneous

Jeff Potrykus of the Journal-Sentinel expands on the Wisconsin spring game. He mentions that the UW offensive line has enough firepower to be a successful unit in 2011, despite losing two All-Americans in Carimi and John Moffitt

Tom Mulhern of Madison.com writes that new UW defensive coordinator Chris Ash cranked up the pressure in Saturday's spring game. 

The Badgers received their third oral commitment for the 2012 football season over the weekend. According to Jeff Potrykus, Wisconsin Rapids linebacker Vince Biegel turned down offers from Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota to stay close to home for the 2012 season. Biegel is highly touted, and is on ESPN's Top 150 watch list. 

Good news on the Wisconsin women's hockey front: head coach Mark Johnson will be staying in Madison to try and coach the women's team to another national title. Johnson recently interviewed for the opening at Penn State, but ultimately the PSU athletic department went with Guy Gadowsky, formerly head coach at Princeton.

You can check out Chuck Schwartz's take on Johnson staying at Wisconsin at Sixty Minutes. 

Bucky's 5th Quarter is your home for the most in-depth NFL Draft coverage regarding your favorite Wisconsin Badgers. Stay tuned for the latest news, projections and draft analysis all week long and be sure to follow us on Twitter @B5Q.

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