On Day 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft the first Wisconsin Badgers player was taken when DL Isaiahh Loudermilk was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round with pick No. 156, which the Steelers traded (a 2022 fourth round pick) up to get.
Our very own Owen Riese, whose scouting report of Loudermilk you can read at the link above, had this to say:
Isaiahh Loudermilk was a big-time project for the Badgers when they recruited him out of a small town in Kansas as an eight-man football player. A man amongst boys in high school, Loudermilk was a large, moldable piece of clay for the Badgers, and he was a major contributor on the defensive line for four years in Madison.
In four years for the Badgers, Loudermilk was a three year starter. He registered 62 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He also forced two fumbles. Primarily a five-technique defensive end, Loudermilk also was an interior pass rusher in sub-packages.
Loudermilk joins former Badgers OLB T.J. Watt and FB Derek Watt in the Steel City and will look to make a name for himself in a crowded defensive line room for the Steelers. They play a 3-4, just like he did in Madison, so he won’t have to learn an entirely new system at least.