July 31, 2014

A dry year for Badgers in the NFL in 2013

A total of seven Wisconsin football players had a chance to be drafted in last week’s

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

2013 NFL Draft.  Three of them ended up being selected, including center Travis Frederick to Dallas in the 1st round.  Runningback Montee Ball also went in round 2 to Denver and tackle Ricky Wagner was picked by Baltimore in the fifth round.

Three more players signed as undrafted free agents following the conclusion of the draft.  Safety Shelton Johnson went to Oakland, cornerback Marcus Cromartie to San Diego and cornerback Devin Smith to Dallas.

Wisconsin (Green Bay) linebacker Mike Taylor, who was among the nation’s leading tacklers last year, remains unsigned after a sports hernia.

Three other in-state athletes have found their way onto NFL rosters.  Kimberly’s A.J. Klein was selected in the 5th round by the Carolina Panthers.  Wisconsin-Platteville safety Ryan McWethy signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns.  UW-Milwaukee basketball player Demetrius Harris signed a free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.