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NFL draft 2016: Cleveland Browns select Wisconsin OLB Joe Schobert in fourth round, 99th overall

The former walk-on goes from nearly playing college ball at North Dakota to the pro game.

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Another former Wisconsin Badgers walk-on hears his name called in the NFL Draft.

On Saturday, the Cleveland Browns selected UW outside linebacker Joe Schobert in the fourth round of the annual draft with the 99th overall pick.

The 6'1, 244 pound athlete came to Wisconsin initially as a wide receiver, then was bumped three days into fall camp to safety as a true freshman, and transitioned to linebacker while contributing on special teams in 2012. With the transition to former defensive coordinator Dave Aranda's 3-4 defense, he played extensively in a reserve role at outside linebacker before starting his final 27 games from 2014-15.

Schobert's name blew up nationally last season after leading the Badgers in sacks (9.5), tackles for loss (19.5) and forced fumbles (5) while finishing second in tackles (79). That led to the Waukesha native earning first-team All-American honors by the FWAA and ESPN, second-team All-American by the Associated Press. That was on top of being selected as a consensus first-team All-Big Ten pick and bringing home the Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year award. He was also a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the most outstanding college football player who initially started out as a walk-on. He left Wisconsin 13th all-time in tackles for loss (35.5), 14th in sacks (13.5) and tied for second in forced fumbles (7).

Since 2011, five UW walk-ons -- J.J. Watt (2011), Bradie Ewing (2012), Rick Wagner (2013) and Jared Abbrederis (2014) -- have been drafted in the past six drafts.

The Browns are receiving an underrated athlete who has the ability to play in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense. Read more of Owen Riese's scouting report for a detail breakdown.