Badger Bits: Which undrafted Badger will have the best NFL career?

We're less than a month away from the start of the college football season, and the Badgers begin fall practices this Friday. Hopefully that will tide everyone over until the Badgers kick off against UNLV! 

Unless you live under a rock, I'm reasonably sure you've heard that the NFL lockout ended recently. The end of the league's labor dispute meant formerly undrafted players could finally sign with teams after months of waiting. So far six former Badgers have signed with NFL teams, including wide receiver Isaac Anderson, who recently signed with the Washington Redskins.

As for the other undrafted free agents, running back John Clay and cornerback Niles Brinkley signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Scott Tolzien moved out west to join the San Diego Chargers, linebacker Blake Sorensen will meet up with teammate John Moffitt in Seattle, and return specialist David Gilreath signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Now, just because they all went undrafted doesn't mean they can't have productive NFL careers. Who do you think will leave the biggest mark on the NFL?

Badgers Football

Bret Bielema likes to see his program in the national spotlight, according to Jeff Potrykus. That national spotlight will grow larger this fall, when ESPN will air an hour-long profile of the Badgers in October. 

Wisconsin's backfield is getting a lot of recognition, according to Dave Heller. Heller also writes that the addition of Russell Wilson has moved the Badgers up a few spots when it comes to quarterback rankings. 

Replacing now-Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is a tall order, but Tom Mulhern writes that Patrick Butrym and his linemates look up to the challenge

Mike Lucas of spoke with UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst about the newfound competition at quarterback. 

Tom Mulhern also has a funny story about Bielema's recruitment of free safety Aaron Henry.

Badgers in the NFL

Former Wisconsin offensive lineman Gabe Carimi is taking snaps as the No. 1 right tackle for the Chicago Bears, according to Adam Mertz of


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