The University of Wisconsin is known for two things: its running backs and its offensive linemen.
A day after the San Diego Chargers drafted running back Melvin Gordon 15th overall, the St. Louis Rams selected Badgers offensive lineman Rob Havenstein with the 25th pick in the second round of the NFL Draft (57th overall).
Jump Around #RamsNation! The pick is in... Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein. pic.twitter.com/RcfoaHXmJy— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) May 2, 2015
Havenstein, a 6'7, 321-pound right tackle, was a consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection while also earning first-team All-America honors from the AFCA and second-team All-America honors from the FWAA, Sporting News and USA Today.
The Mount Airy, Md., native held down the right side of the offensive line for three years, starting 42 of the 54 games he played in. He was frequently noticed as the anchor on a Wisconsin offensive line that currently holds two of the three best single-season rushing performances in Badgers history. In 2013, the Badgers averaged 283.8 yards per game, only to break that mark emphatically in 2014 with a school-record 320.1 yards per game.
Watch the pick! @pisatinoisamoa announces the selection of Rob Havenstein. VIDEO: http://t.co/3IpwqHqkTj pic.twitter.com/gZg7cP2UUJ— St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) May 2, 2015
It's the third time in the last four NFL drafts two Badgers were drafted in the first and second rounds, as Gordon and Havenstein join Kevin Zeitler and Peter Konz (2012) and Travis Frederick and Montee Ball (2013) in holding such distinction.
Havenstein also joins an impressive stable of Wisconsin offensive linemen in the NFL including Zeitler, Konz, Frederick, all-Pro Joe Thomas, Kraig Urbik, Gabe Carimi, Rick Wagner and Ryan Groy.