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Report: Teams looking at Wisconsin QB Joel Stave in third round of NFL draft

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Some teams think highly of Wisconsin's all-time QB wins leader.

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Could a former walk-on not named Joe Schobert be the first Wisconsin Badgers player taken in the 2016 NFL Draft?

According to a Friday report by Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net that was posted on WalterFootball.com, quarterback Joel Stave may be drafted sooner than many pundits and experts predicted. Per the longtime draft analyst:

Don't be surprised if quarterback Joel Stave sneaks into the third round tonight. I've heard rumblings about Stave being a third-round pick since the Shrine Game and have reported as much. These opinions came back to me again this week, and there are teams out there who have a late third-round grade on Stave.

Stave has the tools to be an NFL quarterback with his 6'5, 236-pound frame and strong arm to go along with his football intelligence and ability to take a hit in the pocket. However, accuracy issues, along with some poor decisions and perceived mobility inadequacies have hindered him in his college career and impacted his expected draft status. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein projected him to be a selected either in the seventh round or an undrafted free agent, while B5Q's Owen Riese believed he'd be taken somewhere in round six or later.

Stay tuned to B5Q tonight and tomorrow for all the latest updates on these former Badgers.