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Dare Ogunbowale off to good start at East-West Shrine Game

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The former Wisconsin RB looks to make a name for himself early in the NFL draft process.

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After two days of practice at the East-West Shrine Game, there has been money made and lost by prospects. With a group of NFL hopefuls, there is no shortage of talent in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Wisconsin Badgers’ only prospect in attendance this season, Dare Ogunbowale, has impressed thus far. The former walk-on-cornerback-turned-running-back has impressed some evaluators in attendance.

Hunt played running back at Louisiana-Lafayette in the late ‘90s and does a great job covering the draft, especially players who aren’t as heralded by the national media.

Ogunbowale measured in at 5103 (5’10 3/8”) and 208 pounds. While this is pretty close to what the Badgers had him listed at (5’11, 205 pounds), this will bode well for the former Marquette University High School standout. The NFL will desire his pass-catching ability and pass-protection prowess, but his size could have potentially been a concern for his ability to handle a heavier workload in the run game. These measurements should quell those fears.

DraftAnalyst.com’s Tony Pauline, one of the most plugged-in writers not in the NFL, wrote this about Ogunbowale on Tuesday after a disappointing first day of practices:

Much better day for Ogunbowale as he showed the elusiveness and ability to create yardage I knew was possible. He also caught the ball well but struggled in blocking drills.

Ogunbowale could do well in the game itself as a pass-catching back, but things are looking up during practice for the former Badger.