Garrett Groshek came to Wisconsin in the fall of 2016 as a walk-on athlete who was an all-state quarterback at Amherst High School, and left as a four year letter winner at running back for the Wisconsin Badgers. Just like everyone drew it up.
For his career, Groshek rushed 235 times for 1,216 yards and seven touchdowns, and had 79 catches for 611 yards and a touchdown. Groshek was primarily the third down back for the Badgers, and was a safety valve for all three quarterbacks he played with (Alex Hornibrook, Jack Coan and Graham Mertz). While he was rarely the flashy player, he was always where he needed to be. Groshek is everything Wisconsin can ever hope from a walk-on.
Weight: 219 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds
Vertical jump: 33.5” inches
Broad jump: 115” (9’7”)
Short shuttle: 4.22 seconds*
Three-cone drill: 6.96 seconds*
Bench press: 17 reps
*All testing numbers are from the Wisconsin Pro Day held on March 10th.
Strengths: Groshek is always where he’s supposed to be. He’s rock solid as a pass protector. He’s solid as a runner. Work-with-able speed and good vision to get the most out of the play. When there is nothing there, puts his head down and gets what’s there. Has shown reliable hands out of the backfield his entire career. A solid route runner on option routes out of the backfield, as well as experience on flares, arrows and screens. Ball security has not been an issue. Special teams experience.
Weaknesses: Groshek is flirting with the line of the minimum for an NFL athlete. He doesn’t have a ton of wiggle, and has adequate but not great speed. Will always be on the roster bubble.
Summary: Groshek is the type of player that is going to outwork and outlast players more talented than he is. A team captain in Madison, his leadership and work ethic are going to make him way harder to get rid of than he should be. Groshek’s shot at an NFL roster/camp is as a third-down back and special team demon, not unlike Darè Ogunbowale (sorry for the lazy comp). I won’t be shocked if Groshek doesn’t make a camp, but I’d be surprised if he’s never on a 53 man roster. A two or three year run on a practice squad with the occasional call-up would be a good career.
Ideal Scheme Fit: Third down back on a team with a power running game whose featured tailback isn’t relied upon on third downs.
Projected Round: Undrafted Free Agent