There are four former Wisconsin Badgers players at the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis this week, Jonathan Taylor, Zack Baun, Quintez Cephus and Tyler Biadasz. There...that’s, uh, all you need to know to follow along with the rest of this post. For some reason, Chris Orr wasn’t invited, but he’ll make some team incredibly happy as a late-round pick or as an undrafted free agent. Orr’s older brother, who is a former NFL player and current NFL coaching analyst mind you, is equally as incredulous.
11.5 sacks as an ILB in the Big Ten conference and no combine invite is absolutely crazy— Zachary Orr (@ZO35) February 25, 2020
Anywho, let’s talk about the guys who are at the Combine and see how they’ve been doing. Owen had a nice preview of the Combine from earlier this week that you should check out because he knows a thing or two about a thing or two related to the Draft process.
The All-American running back mentioned some of his predecessors at Wisconsin that helped pave the way to the NFL for him, which has got to be something that had Paul Chryst salivating because he could just show this video to RB recruits and then be done with it.
Got Jonathan Taylor talking about the Wisconsin running back pipeline. Mentions James White, Melvin Gordon, and Corey Clement. Wisconsin coaches should show this clip to recruits. #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/2WrScOgX37— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) February 26, 2020
Any good running back knows that you praise your offensive line at any chance you get. Taylor is a great running back.
When asked about @TylerBiadasz, @JayT23 first makes sure that his teammate’s name is pronounced correctly (I didn’t ask the question; someone else did), then praises Biadasz’s intelligence as a reason why he was so effective at being the linchpin of the @BadgerFootball OL. pic.twitter.com/zEEY376Fel— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) February 26, 2020
Remember that one dude who said Taylor wasn’t fast? Yeah, that was crazy. Gotta love when former opponents speak up about your speed.
It will be interesting to see what NFL teams think about the improvements that Taylor made in the passing game during his last year at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor wants to be effective on 3rd down. pic.twitter.com/2qTtHFr00w— PFF (@PFF) February 26, 2020
One of the best center prospects to come out in the last couple of years, Biadasz also notes that he could play guard if needed.
I didn’t know that I needed it but I now desperately need a single camera comedy about Biadasz and Taylor living together in a big city somewhere.
What if, and hear me out, the Dolphins drafted Biadasz and slowly started to construct an all Wisconsin offensive line in Miami?
The biggest news out of the Combine, at least as it relates to former Wisconsin players, was how many danged bench press reps Cephus did.
It was a dominant display by Cephus who is slowly but surely improving his draft stock every day.
It was the best number that a Badgers WR had ever put up at the Combine as well.
Pretty darn impressive performance for @QoDeep_87— Brian Mason (@Brian_Mason) February 27, 2020
Here’s how it stacks up among #Badgers skill position players all-time at the #NFLCombine (counting TEs in that mix for reference)#OnWisconsin https://t.co/EfIO2gyakh pic.twitter.com/Dnkm1EaPUr
Can’t wait to see what Cephus runs.
Zack Baun worked out in Arizona with Quintez Cephus leading up to the combine. I asked him how fast Cephus was gonna run the 40 later today.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) February 27, 2020
Right, but how fast?
It IS pretty exciting that there are four Badgers at the NFL Combine. Getting more players into the league is as important, if not more so, for recruiting than wins and losses.
Apparently no one can get Baun’s name right at the Combine. “Braun” “Zach” smdh people!
Sounds like the Giants are very interested in edge rusher Zack Baun...would be a steal for them in the second round but not sure he falls that far. Def a potential option if they trade back. Also look at Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin players have high motors and are cut different https://t.co/Oksy6aOjfc— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) February 27, 2020
And my phone keeps auto-correcting to Zach. Ugh. Zack Baun. Zack. Zack. Zack. https://t.co/FWYzp5lf5r— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) February 27, 2020
At least the Badgers got his name right when they were recruiting hi...oh. Yikes.
OLB Zack Baun said his first recruiting letter from Wisconsin said “Zack Brown.” And now he’s going to be a high pick in the NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/iJEdX53SdO— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) February 27, 2020
Zack “The Toy” Baun, huh? I don’t know how I feel about this nickname, but as they say...you don’t get to choose your own nickname.
#Badgers linebacker Zack Baun admits he didn’t get to showcase an ability to cover tight ends while at Wisconsin but feels he will be able to. Playing off the ball at the Senior Bowl helped.— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) February 27, 2020
He said one team called him “The Toy” - that they felt he could do it all incl. rush QB. pic.twitter.com/sQFPMojC5Z
We will have more coverage of how these four do as they head to the field to participate in actual drills. Cephus and the wide receivers are on Thursday, Biadasz and Taylor will be going on Friday and Baun will be doing drills on Saturday.