The Wisconsin Badgers held their annual Pro Day on Wednesday morning, which quite honestly seems like a month ago now. 11 different players participated in front of dozens of NFL personnel in the hopes of showing enough to get drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.
A total of 11 Wisconsin players were on hand for Pro Day: K/P Connor Allen, OLB Zack Baun, C Tyler Biadasz, WR Quintez Cephus, OL Jason Erdmann, K Zach Hintze, OLB Tyler Johnson, ILB Chris Orr, DE David Pfaff, RB Jonathan Taylor and ILB Travis Wiltjer, along with LS Drew Rakers of UW-Platteville.
Here is the release from UW’s Brian Mason and the results from everyone’s drills.
Results are attached from on-field testing at Wisconsin’s Pro Day in the McClain Center in Madison. A total of 11 Wisconsin players were involved in Pro Day, including three who participated only in positional drills and did no testing (RB Jonathan Taylor, K/P Connor Allen, K Zach Hintze) and another who did not take part in any on-field activities because of injury (C Tyler Biadasz). UW-Platteville long snapper Drew Rakers also participated.
A total of 44 coaches, scouts and front office personnel were on hand representing all 32 NFL teams including one very familiar face.
Things you never thought you'd see again ... Bret Bielema coaching Wisconsin players on UW's campus pic.twitter.com/85Avw8jryz— Benjamin Worgull (@TheBadgerNation) March 11, 2020
There were also a good number of former Badgers in attendance to show their support for their friends and former teammates.
There's a reason guys come back to Madison all the time.— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) March 12, 2020
There's a reason we always have a ton of alums at Pro Day.
We're not just teammates, we're family. This is our home. #OnWisconsin » #Badgers pic.twitter.com/Qr3fLY5ycA
Even if they couldn’t be there in person, former Badgers were following along with Pro Day closely. I suppose being a running back at Wisconsin comes with a certain sense of “carrying on a grand tradition” and everyone wants to make sure the newest graduate of RBU is doing well.
Now for a little analysis which I will admit I’m barely qualified to give, but I’ve played enough NCAA and Madden to know what is kinda good and what is kinda bad. The most important event of the day was probably Quintez Cephus and his re-running of the 40-yard dash.
Cephus impressed scouts with his record-setting bench press numbers but he then proceeded to run a horribly slow 4.73 40-yard dash which had people wondering if he would even get drafted at all. When he ran it again at Pro Day, however, he fared far better. Now, he won’t be outrunning any track stars with a 4.56, but that is much more palatable to NFL decision makers than his previous time.
A notable absence from the NFL Scouting Combine last month was LB Chris Orr. He didn’t have the first chance to show his skills in front of the NFL so Wisconsin’s Pro Day was his main job interview.
Orr ended up putting on a pretty impressive performance.
40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds; tied for 13th best
20-yard shuttle: 4.08 seconds; best of any LB tested at Combine
3-cone drill: 6.99 seconds; fifth best
Bench press: 20 reps at 225 pounds; 12th best
Vertical: 36.5 inches; eighth best
Broad jump: 110 inches; worst of any LB tested at Combine