Former Wisconsin guard/center Dallas Lewallen is an intriguing name to watch over the weekend for Badgers fans. Lewallen has an outside shot of being drafted in the seventh round on Saturday and could be signed as an undrafted free agent to a team that needs offensive line depth.
The redshirt senior started five games this past year for the Badgers at left guard and started at center for seven games during the 2013 campaign. He was a key cog in an offensive line that paved the way for running back Melvin Gordon's amazing season. CBS Sports lists Lewallen as the 37th ranked guard and 622nd overall prospect in the draft.
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Pro Day Results (from CBS Sports)
|40-yard dash||Bench Press||Vertical Jump||Broad Jump||20-yard shuttle||60-yard shuttle||3-cone drill|
|5.66 sec||24 reps||22"||8.4''||4.91"||not disclosed||8.25 sec|
Lewallen has NFL size at 6'6 and 314 pounds. His large frame alone should intrigue some general managers and at least give him a shot to make a team during training camp. The Berlin, Wis. native was also extremely versatile during his time in Madison. After starting seven games at center in 2013, Lewallen shifted over to guard to make room for center Dan Voltz. This versatility is valuable in today's NFL and something GMs often covet in their offensive linemen.
The biggest weakness when it comes to Lewallen is his durability. He missed the final four games of the 2013 season with a knee injury and missed all of spring practice in 2014. It is imperative that Lewallen stays healthy at the next level if he is to catch on with a team.
Here's the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn's draft profile of Lewallen.
Rob Havenstein and Dallas Lewallen running drills with NFL scout pic.twitter.com/EkRNtE5xsM
— Bucky's 5th Quarter (@B5Q) March 11, 2015
Rob Havenstein and Dallas Lewallen running drills with NFL scout pic.twitter.com/EkRNtE5xsM— Bucky's 5th Quarter (@B5Q) March 11, 2015