The best thing about SBNation's network of blogs is that when big events like the NFL Draft come along, you have over 100 sites come together to bring you the best coverage possible.
With a site for each and every NFL team and a site for almost every NCAA team that will be represented in the NFL Draft, there is no better place to follow the action than right here.
Over the last month, names like J.J. Watt, Gabe Carimi and Lance Kendricks have popped up on sites all over the SB Nation network as NFL fans get to know the college stars that will now be playing on Sundays.
So where does SBNation have the Badger prospects going when the NFL Draft starts Thursday night?
In SBNation's latest first round projections, which were posted this morning, Watt and Carimi were both selected, but neither went as high as some others project. Watt went No. 18 to the San Diego Chargers and Carimi went No. 26 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Last week's projections included the second round where tight end Lance Kendricks went No. 59 overall to the Atlanta Falcons. Here's the explanation:
Short-term, he's another weapon on an offense that needs it. Long-term, he replaces future Hall of Fame player Tony Gonzalez.
Finally, my favorite SB Nation mock draft is the one over at (you guessed it) Mocking The Draft where the SB Nation team sites make the picks for their respective teams. The draft has been going on all month and is now down to the final pick in the second round. So far, two Badgers have been selected:
The folks over at The Daily Norseman (Vikings) love J.J. Watt; so much so that they drafted Watt with the 10th overall pick ahead of Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers. They made that pick April 1, but earlier today Ted Glover of TDN made his closing argument and still argues that the Vikings should take Watt Thursday night. That would certainly be an interesting destination for the popular Badger defense end, who is a well known die-hard Packer fan.
For what it's worth, Jared Allen is the first person I think of when people ask me to compare Watt to a current NFL defensive end so it would certainly be interesting if he ends up playing with Allen in Minnesota.
After Watt was selected by TDN, it didn't take long for Carimi to get drafted either. Ironically, Carimi ended up in New England, which is often mentioned as a likely destination for Watt. On April 6, Pats Pulpit took Carimi 17th overall, passing on other defensive ends like Ryan Kerrigan and Aldon Smith.
Here's a complete rundown of the month-long draft at Mocking The Draft.
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