Maybe other than running backs, one position is synonymous with Wisconsin football. That's the offensive line. In the treasure trove of large people, the Midwest produces a large number of huge humans that become offensive linemen.
Enter the Badgers. Known for a smashmouth style predicated on physically overwhelming and wearing down their opponents, they've developed a reputation for producing these types of players.
The lone representative from the Wisconsin offensive line entering the draft this year, Tyler Marz will likely continue the tradition of having an offensive lineman drafted from the Badgers.
The former two-star recruit from Springfield, Minn., has been a solid three-year starter at left tackle for Wisconsin. After selecting Wisconsin over Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota, Marz has made the most out of his five years in Madison. An invite to the NFL Combine, Marz will very likely be selected in this year's NFL draft.
After blocking current and future NFL players like Randy Gregory, Joey Bosa, Noah Spence, Jadeveon Clowney, Drew Ott, Bronson Kaufusi, Kemoko Turay, Yannick Ngakoue, Dean Lowry, Carl Bradford, Joe Schobert, Vince Biegel and Danielle Hunter, Marz shouldn't be too shell-shocked by the jump to the NFL.
Tyler Marz, OT/OG
Arm length: 33.5"
40-yard dash: 5.54,5.28*
Vertical jump: 27.5"
Broad jump: 8'3"
Pro agility: 4.97
3-cone drill: 8.38
Bench press: 19
*First time is NFL combine time, second is pro day.
Strengths: Has great size for the position. Three-year starter at a big-time program with big-time production. Has good arm length. Gets good movement in the run game. Good hand placement; once he's engaged, it's over. Climbs to the next level well. Knows where his landmarks are in pass protection and gets there. Times his punch well and is able to neutralize with his punch. Good functional strength. Has improved every year in college. Hasn't been overwhelmed by elite competition.
Weaknesses: Not a good athlete. One of the worst testers at the combine this year. May be limited to guard based off of testing alone. Struggles to latch on at the second level. A bit of a waist bender, struggles against speed. Right tackle only, if he stays outside. Limited athletic upside. He functionally blocks people, but won't overwhelm NFL defenders.
Overall: He's basically Rob Havenstein-light. He played admirably at left tackle for Wisconsin over the past three years, but tackles in Wisconsin's offense aren't necessarily conventional tackles. He might be a guy that you force into proving that he can't play tackle in the NFL, Havenstein was able to hang there last year. Likely a guard, he plays well in confined space. Pretty comparable to Kraig Urbik, current Dolphin and former Badger. He's a phone-booth player, but was forced to play left tackle in college. He should be a late-round pick, and will stick in the NFL for six to eight years. He's a gap scheme guard and emergency swing tackle.
Projection: Rounds 5-6