Jason Erdmann had about the best possible career you could imagine for a walk-on coming to the University of Wisconsin. He went from a walk-on to a key reserve to eventually a starter as a senior. Never the most athletic or most talented, Erdmann made himself invaluable to a Badger offensive line that has featured four NFL offensive linemen after Tyler Biadasz gets drafted, and a fifth next year with Cole Van Lanen at left tackle who will get drafted in 2021.
Erdmann played at center earlier in his career, but started games at both guard spots in 2019 for Wisconsin. Erdmann played in 53 games for Wisconsin, and his versatility and his knowledge of the game will be his most transferable traits, as his athletic abilities will be a limiting factor for him at the next level.
Weight: 328 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.50 seconds
Vertical jump: N/A
Broad jump: N/A
Short shuttle: N/A
Three-cone drill: N/A
Bench press: 21 reps
Summary: Erdmann made the most of his career in Madison, and after playing in 53 career games, has given scouts plenty of tape to watch. While that gives them opportunities to see his knowledge of the offense and makes calls at center when in for Tyler Biadasz, or see him being a road grader at guard, as the biggest and heaviest member of the Wisconsin Badgers offensive line.
However, this also gives scouts plenty of tape to see Erdmann’s struggles at times against speed rushers, and his overall adequate functional athleticism. Erdmann is the poster child for a rookie camp offensive lineman who could go into a camp with a chance to impress and maybe work his way into training camp.
While any team considering Erdmann isn’t targeting him for his athletic ability, with only his 40 yard dash and bench press testing, teams won’t be willing to take a risk on a player without confirmed numbers. Erdmann could certainly get an opportunity, but it’s tough to see it going much past there.
Projected Round: Undrafted free agent