Happy Tuesday Badger faithful! Only two days until the NFL Draft, so let's keep on rolling with our week of draft coverage here at Bucky's 5th Quarter.
So I know I said yesterday that J.J. Watt was projected to be drafted anywhere between 10th and 27th, but there are now some rumblings that the Dallas Cowboys are taking a good long look at him for the 9th pick. One thing's for sure- the higher Watt gets selected, the nicer the house he's going to buy his parents will be.
If you have the NFL Network, you'll have the opportunity to see Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema offer some draft insights during the fourth through seventh rounds on Saturday. Butch Davis, Brian Kelly, and Nick Saban will also be on hand. Should be some good exposure for the UW program, though I fear most people are like me and watch the draft on ESPN.
NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt said that Gabe Carimi "may be the most well-organized person I have ever met in my life." Sounds like the type of guy you'd want to have as a roommate, but I don't think his organizational habits will be enough to get himself picked ahead of Watt.
More Badger draft news and rumors after the jump!
Lance Kendricks is receiving glowing reviews from an AFC scout, Scott Tolzien, and Notre Dame's Kyle Rudolph, the only tight end in the draft ranked ahead of Kendricks in most lists. He'll likely be selected in the second round. Just another solid tight end cranked out by Wisconsin, he's following in the footsteps of NFL pros Garrett Graham and Travis Beckum. Maybe the Badger program should just embrace the identity of Tight End U already, but Beefy Running Back U is another possibility.
Here's an extremely comprehensive list of where various Badgers will be selected according to the mock drafts, compiled by Dave Heller of the Journal-Sentinel. Not great news for John Clay, but you have to think he'll at least get signed as a free agent by a team after the draft.
At least one Chiefs blogger thinks that it's likely for Gabe Carimi to end up in Kansas City. Did I mess a memo regarding Carimi's supposed "The Jewish Hammer" nickname? I'm not sure what I think about it right now.
I'm going to go out on a not-so-big limb here and say that a lot of Badger fans are also fans of a NFC North team, whether it be Packers, Bears, Vikings, or maybe even Lions. The Acme Packing Company tells us which one of the four might select "The Jewish Hammer."
Behind the Steel Curtain has seven complete rounds of mock draft picks for our viewing pleasure. Here is Part 1 and here is Part 2 of the mock. Four Wisconsin Badgers total were selected in this draft.
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