The Wisconsin Badgers had their first NFL Draft picks of the 2020 class get selected on Friday night. Running back Jonathan Taylor went to the Indianapolis Colts in the second round and outside linebacker/edge rusher Zack Baun slid into the third round and gave the New Orleans Saints tremendous value.
Here is what the internet had to say about two of the finest young men ever to don the cardinal and white as they embark on their pro careers.
Messages from Baun and Taylor
Your newest #Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (@JayT23)— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) April 25, 2020
"...if and when Mr. Rivers needs me, I am there, I am ready to go."
Mr. Rivers...that's awesome. Classy dude. @WISH_TV #NFLDraft2020 pic.twitter.com/iLZZaX91YH
“MR. RIVERS!” Can’t wait for JT to call everyone “sir” when he gets to training camp and immediately become the most popular player in the locker room.
April 25, 2020
Message from @zackbizzaun to #Saints fans!#SaintsDraft | @HancockWhitney pic.twitter.com/nhLHnPgIA4— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 25, 2020
Recruits loving the draft
Gotta get that jersey ASAP!!! Congrats @JayT23 #NewFavoriteTeam #SHAG #TeyaTough #4leaf pic.twitter.com/35tF6MCllB— Loyal Crawford (@loyal_crawford) April 25, 2020
CONGRATS @JayT23!!!!! COLTS GOT THE BEST RB IN THE DRAFT ❌— Deacon Pe’a Hill (@dhillsb10) April 24, 2020
Current players loving the draft
Who Dat!!!!!— Graham Mertz (@GrahamMertz5) April 25, 2020
Former players loving the draft
This dude makes everyone around him better! Congrats!@zackbizzaun— David Moorman (@DMoorman68) April 25, 2020
Congrats @zackbizzaun !!!!! https://t.co/mRvxzMTfUo— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) April 25, 2020
Another member of the elite Badger RB fraternity is in the league!— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) April 25, 2020
From one legend to another...
Congrats @JayT23 from @SweetFeet_White pic.twitter.com/SkOhGL6vdc
Baun loving the draft
AW YEAH BROTHA!! @JayT23— Zack Baun (@zackbizzaun) April 25, 2020
Colts owners loving the draft
Welcome to the Colts, Jonathan Taylor!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 24, 2020
Saints coach loving the draft
Payton on the vision for LB Zack Baun#SaintsDraft pic.twitter.com/8KYtKXT8gJ— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) April 25, 2020
Media members thought Baun was a great value
Congrats to the @Saints picking up a can’t miss Linebacker in Zack Bain. We had the Badgers twice late in the season and he was dynamite. Ya want a playmaker that gives ya a lotta TFL’s he’s your guy! @BadgerFootball keeps pumping out great defenders. @SeanPayton got a great one!— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) April 25, 2020
Saints got a top 25 player in the class at Zack Baun. Rush ability on long/late downs and coverage help at LB. They are SO loaded— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) April 25, 2020
Zack Baun at 74 to the #Saints is one of the steals of the draft.— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) April 25, 2020
My 25th overall player.
Sean Payton getting Zack Baun in the third round a year after getting Chauncey Gardner-Johnson in the fourth round: pic.twitter.com/tw51VSlrWv— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) April 25, 2020
Current Colts RB Marlon Mack excited about the new addition to the backfield
Frank Reich texted Marlon Mack tonight after the Colts drafted a running back, Jonathan Taylor, in the 2nd round. Per Chris Ballard, Marlon's response was: "Let's go. Let's win."— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) April 25, 2020
People are jazzed about Taylor running behind the Colts o-line
Just imagined Jonathan Taylor running behind Quenton Nelson, and I almost fainted.— Robert Mays (@robertmays) April 24, 2020
Colts killing it in this draft. WR Michael Pittman Jr., and now RB Jonathan Taylor? Are you kidding me??!?!?!??!? Boom boom.— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) April 24, 2020
When Jonathan Taylor gets in a groove, he's unstoppable. Case in point when he ran for 321 yards (!!) on 33 carries against Purdue.— Locked On Colts Podcast (@LockedOnColts) April 25, 2020
Taylor behind the #Colts offensive line could be an upgraded version of what we see with Derrick Henry in Tennessee. pic.twitter.com/PviXnAMlkF
So much Taysom Hill talk at the draft
Zack Baun started his career as a QB. Tremendous all-around athlete. He'll essentially be the Taysom Hill of the Saints defense, a Swiss Army Knife for Dennis Allen in the front 7.— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) April 25, 2020
Sorry JT, but Baun wins on new hometown
New Saints LB Zack Baun: "Oh my God. There isn't any other place I'd rather be."— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) April 25, 2020
We will have much more coverage of the NFL Draft during Saturday’s Day 3 and beyond as former Badgers start signing as UDFA.