With 30 NFL teams in attendance, and the other two requesting film from UW, nine former Wisconsin Badgers ran, jumped, lifted and went through positional drills in the hopes of impressing an NFL team and living out their dream of playing at the next level.
After everything was over, Isaiahh Loudermilk, Cole Van Lanen, Eric Burrell and Rachad Wildgoose met with the media (their quotes are below). We also have all of the stats from Pro Day and while Wildgoose’s 40-time was being talked about a lot, I think Mason Stokke had the most impressive day.
I think some smart NFL team is going to get a real gem if the pick up Mason Stokke.— Bucky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) March 10, 2021
22 reps on the bench today
4.82 40-yard dash
30.5 in. vertical
A big athlete who can probably be had on the cheap.
He tested out really well and showed on the field what kind of blocker/weapon out of the backfield he can be and some team is going to look really smart if they take a flyer on him on Day 3 or as an undrafted free agent.
- On what training has been like: “Training has been going good. I felt great preparing for it.” “Felt like my numbers were where I wanted them to be.”
- On Rachad Wildgooses’s impressive 40-time: “I think Goose is a great player. I think any team would be lucky to have him.” Loudermilk notes that Wildgoose is a good person and teammate too.
- On what he did for field work at Pro Day: “A little bit more of some pass rush stuff, bending the edge. I was kind of able to show my explosiveness and show that I could get low for my height.”
- On what position he might play at the next level: “I feel like I’m a versatile player. I’m a three down player, you can put me anywhere on the line.”
- On what he worked on the most since the end of the season: “My main focus was my athleticism and speed. I cut a couple of pounds and I’m feeling lighter.”
Cole Van Lanen
- On potentially playing guard or center: “Just raw power coming off the ball fits me inside. I have a strong punch. I’m confident playing outside or inside, I’ve even taken some snaps, I really want to be that versatile guy who can play all positions.”
- “I’ve heard going from tackle to guard is easier than going from guard to tackle, so I’m confident there.”
- “I’m happy with my numbers, got a PR in the vertical, overall I thought it was a good day.”
- On what he wanted to show NFL teams that had done: “I leaned up a lot more. I think the position drills was the most important key for me.”
- On Wildgoose: “Honestly man, I’m proud of him. He was one of my recruits (note: assuming he means he hosted him on campus) and now we are here chasing our dreams in April.”
- Burrell mentions that he has met with multiple NFL vets down in Florida who have helped him in his draft preparation. He mentions Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Champion Chris Maragos as one of the guys he has talked to.
Eric Burrell shouts out State Street making it tough to stick to a strict diet.— Bucky’s 5th Quarter (@B5Q) March 10, 2021
Heard that, EB, heard that.
- “A lot went into my decision. If I would’ve finished my season I still would’ve left after my junior season.” Notes that Jim Leonhard told him after fall camp that if he “kept this up” then “the whole world will know what [Leonhard] know” kind of guiding Wildgoose toward’s his decision to leave school.
- On what he could bring to an NFL team: “I’m going to bring confidence, energy and I feel like I’m versatile...and get big plays all around the feel from me.”
- “I’m satisfied with my numbers today, but I feel like I could’ve done a little faster.”
- On Leonhard’s influence: “He shows us why things translate. I’ve talked with a couple teams and it feels like our playbook is pretty similar to theirs.”