Wisconsin Badgers 2013 NFL Draft Rewind

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Who knew that the University of Wisconsin would become one of the best factories for NFL prospects, it’s surely come a long way in the last twenty years.

The Badgers nine top-75 picks over the last three years are as many as Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan combined. The only two schools in the nation with more top-75 picks over that span are Alabama (13) and LSU (12).

Here’s what I thought of each of Wisconsin’s three picks in the 2013 NFL Draft:

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Wisconsin Badgers Ricky Wagner has his eyes set on the Outland Trophy

In today’s age of college football, a big beastly offensive line is pretty much synonymous with the Wisconsin Badgers. With each year here and gone, the Badgers maintain one of the best units in the country, never showing any sign of slowing down.

This season’s big man on campus and leader of the offensive line is senior left guard Ricky Wagner (literally the big man on campus at 6-6 and 317 pounds) who has some legendary shoes to fill at the position.

I had a chance to catch up with Wagner at Badgers Media Day to talk about where he thinks his career is heading and what the offensive line has in store for an exciting 2012 season.

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Wisconsin Badgers Next 3 NFL OL: Konz, Wagner, Zeitler

In Wisconsin they produce offensive linemen like they produce cheese. Former Badger Joe Thomas is a franchise LT for the Cleveland Browns, and three Badgers alums play tight end in the NFL (Travis Beckum, Lance Kendricks and Garrett Graham)

Even though they lost Gabe Carimi (now with Chicago Bears) and John Moffitt (Seattle Seahawks) on the left side, not to mention a backup lineman Bill Nagy (Dallas Cowboys) and their tight end the Badgers breed the big boys up front like the show Family Guy breeds ’80s jokes. They’re a NFL OL factory in Madison.

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As Usual, Wisconsin Badgers have Fearsome Running Backs, Offensive Line

In the warmest home game in school history, the Wisconsin Badgers offense was about as red hot as their school’s primary color. When you think Wisconsin college football you probably think tailbacks and big men. The best in the nation come here to play offensive line and run behind all that open space that they create.

As they showed with their 51-17 destruction of the UNLV Rebels Thursday night, this year’s Badgers are no different.

Tailbacks Montee Ball and James White are on the Doak Walker Award watch list (honoring the nation’s best running back) one of just three sets of teammates to makes the list. Both rushed for over 900 yards last season.

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