Another former captain of the Wisconsin Badgers has reportedly found an NFL team.
The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Alex Erickson as an undrafted free agent. WKOW-TV's Jon Griffith first reported the news. B5Q has confirmed the signing with Erickson's agent.
Erickson, who initially walked on to the UW football program starting in spring of 2012, evolved into the Badgers' main receiving target the last two seasons. In 2015, he caught 77 passes last season for 978 yards and three touchdowns, one reception shy of tying Jared Abbrederis' single-season record set in 2013. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, second-team by the coaches last season. He ranks sixth all-time in receptions (141) and tenth all-time in career receiving yards (1,877).
Erickson, who was oddly not invited to any postseason all-star games or to the combine after posting an All-Big Ten First Team season as a senior, took advantage of his opportunity. Starting with an official 40 time of 4.44, Erickson showed that he has the speed to make a difference at the next level. Another test that will be to his advantage was his pro agility time. Often called or referred to as a "5-10-5" drill, Erickson posted a 3.88, a head-turning time. He also posted very respectable numbers with a 34.5" vertical and a 9'8" broad jump. Erickson definitely boosted his stock with NFL personnel, and will be vying to be a sleeper at the end of the draft or an undrafted free agent.
For more insight into what the 6'0, 198-pound Erickson will bring to the Bengals, check out Owen Riese's coverage here.