Most Indispensable Badger - No.25

Leading up to the season opener Aug.30, BadgerNation will announce its list of the 30 most important players to the Badgers' success in the 2014 season. Finally healthy after having a career littered with injuries, junior cornerback Devin Gaulden should be able to provide quality reps to UW's secondary.

Still fairly inexperienced in his collegiate career, Devin Gaulden is an impressive specimen with impressive natural instincts on the field make him a threat to opposing quarterbacks and receivers. Like other Wisconsin corners, Gaulden isn’t a tall player, but has instincts and abilities that make him play like he’s a foot taller. His 5-10 frame doesn’t make him look like a problem, but he has potential to do great things with his physicality and athleticism.

Strengths: Gaulden has good natural instincts on the field and has the ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage. He has impressive speed that gives him the ability to track a ball carrier down on special teams as well as after the catch.

Weaknesses: Besides inexperience, his major weakness is his lack of tackling. He needs to work on the technique as well as his open field tackling ability.

Why he is where he is: Gaulden at 25 is probably the best number for him. He lacks the experience needed to be a starting player for now. He also lacks some essential skills that he will hopefully gain this upcoming season.

Overall: Gaulden isn’t set to start at cornerback with experienced players ahead of him, but he can contribute at nickel cornerback and on special teams. His closing speed could potentially help if the Badgers special teams’ woes carry over from last season. Look for Gaulden to slowly but surely contribute as the season progresses.

Up Next: Getting his first starts of his career last season, No.24 on our list provides depth and flexibility to the Badgers, not to mention being a solid young prospect.

Note: This is not a list of the team's 30 best players or a series about past success, but rather a list of which players are the most critical to the team’s success in 2014. The list was created based on a player’s overall importance, impact on the field, the player’s position and expectations. True freshmen were not considered for this season.

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