After taking the scenic route through the Wisconsin Badgers football program, offensive lineman Jon Dietzen completed his football career for UW in 2020, after taking a year away from the sport for his health in 2019.
Dietzen started 39 games for the Badgers over his five years in the program, starting games at left tackle, left guard and right guard. A true ironman for the Badgers, he played in 46 games despite a multitude of injuries to his lower body throughout his career.
Weight: 312 pounds
40-yard dash: N/A
Vertical jump: 27 inches
Broad jump: 106” (8’10”)
Short shuttle: 4.58 seconds*
Three-cone drill: 7.48 seconds*
Bench press: 19 reps
*All testing numbers are from the Wisconsin Pro Day held on March 10th.
Strengths: Dietzen has starts at three different spots along the offensive line, and a bevy of experience seeing plenty of NFL talent, from Chase Young to Maurice Hurst. He’s a plus run blocker and is very strong in his upper body. Has seen about every blitz and stunt possible during his time in Madison. Has a strong punch in pass protection.
Weaknesses: He’s been dinged up a lot. Being 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds takes a toll on your body, and Dietzen’s has been screaming uncle for years. He’s a modest athlete, but struggles against speed, which is plentiful in the NFL. Will give up his chest in pass pro, which needs to get cleaned up.
#Badgers senior OL Jon Dietzen surely will have to get a picture of this moment to savor. pic.twitter.com/Ii6vVQyME2— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) December 20, 2020
Summary: Dietzen has been a good solider for the Badgers during his six years in Madison, starting games at three different positions and playing in 46 games. He’ll be solid in the run game, and is familiar and experienced in many concepts as the Badgers run a little of everything. However, in pass protection he’ll never be quite solid enough to survive in the NFL as anything more than a band-aid swing interior offensive lineman.
Ideal Scheme Fit: Run heavy offense featuring play action passing and a quick passing game to get the ball out quickly to alleviate protection concerns.
Projected Round: Undrafted Free Agent