Indispensable Badger #5

Counting down the days to Wisconsin opens the regular season, Badger Nation's new summer feature will rank the 50 most indispensable players of the 2013 Wisconsin football team. Today we reveal No.5.

Jacob Pedersen

Position: Tight End

Experience: Redshirt Senior

2012 Stats: Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year … first-team All-Big Ten selection … Played in all 14 games with 10 starts … Caught 27 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns.

Strengths:Pedersen has deceptive speed for his 6-5, 240-pound frame, creating mismatches in the passing game. He will be able to punish defenders that want to catch him in the open field.

Weaknesses: Pedersen does not really have too many weaknesses by any means. The only real trouble for Pedersen is possibly his blocking ability, but even at that, he has grown as a blocker this offseason.

Overall: When anyone watches Pedersen play, it is obvious that he has the ability to be an every down tight end. That is extremely rare. He can catch and run at an extremely high level and has grown immensely throughout his time at Wisconsin. Having players like Lance Kendricks, Travis Beckum and Owen Daniels come before him, Pedersen will likely be another Wisconsin tight end to be selected in the NFL draft.

Even with two other senior tight ends and a good junior in Sam Arneson, look for Pedersen to improve even more this season as the team's top pass-catching tight end target. His consistency and versatility makes him an important part in Wisconsin's passing offense.

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