Badger Draft: profiles

TFY Draft Preview's reports on former Wisconsin athletes available in this weekend's NFL Draft

Full Name: Brett Bell School: Wisconsin Pos: CB

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 190 40: 4.55 Year: 5Sr

Rank: One star, No. 62 cornerback.

Brett Bell (UW Athletics)

Bio: Two-year starter who posted 35/1/8 as a senior after 64/3/13 the prior year. Has a history of knee injuries, including a torn ACL in January prior to his senior season.

Pos: Athletic defensive back whose play has been hampered by injuries. Has a burst of closing speed, moves well laterally and flashes on the scene. Fluid transitioning with opponents off the line and quickly breaks to the throw.

Neg: Lacks timing, instincts and is slow locating the ball. Gives up a lot of underneath receptions. Does more grabbing than wrap-up tackling.

Analysis: After a splendid junior campaign, much more was expected from Bell last season. The knee injury slowed his development and he now grades as a practice squad player in need of a lot of work.

Full Name: Matt Bernstein School: Wisconsin Pos: FB

Ht: 6-0.5 Wt: 260 40: 4.95 Year: 5Sr

Rank: Two stars, No. 5 fullback.

Matt Bernstein (AJ Maclean/BN)

Bio: Four-year starter who played in four games last season, finishing with 6/22/1 rushing after suffering a sports hernia early in his senior season. Junior totals included 83/300/1 on the ground.

Pos: Big, bruising lead blocker who also is effective as a short-yardage runner. Powerful and opens holes for the running game. Quickly picks up blocking assignments and plays with an aggressive attitude.

Neg: Overall game lacks quickness, speed and agility.

Analysis: A hard-working lead blocker, Bernstein offered late-round potential prior to his injury. Medical exams prior to the draft will dictate his future at the next level.

Full Name: Brian Calhoun School: Wisconsin Pos: RB

Ht: 5-9 Wt: 203 40: 4.52 Year: 4Jr

Rank: Four stars, No. 5 running back.

Brian Calhoun (AJ Maclean/BN)

Bio: Former Colorado transfer awarded All-Conference honors as a junior after posting 348/1,636/22 on the ground with 53/571/2 catching the ball. Led Colorado as a sophomore with 810 rushing yards.

Pos: Shifty ball-handler with a variety of skills. Runs with a great degree of patience, follows blocks everywhere on the field and quickly gets through small openings. Elusive and makes defenders miss. Works runs using an effective straight-arm to keep tacklers away. Seamless receiver out of the backfield who has soft, natural hands. Displays excellent first-step quickness and a burst of speed.

Neg: Marginally strong carrying the ball and can be easily brought down at the point of attack. More of a one-speed back who does run to daylight.

Analysis: Productive handling the ball, Calhoun is perfectly suited as a third-down back/situational runner in the NFL. Could see spot duty as a starter, yet may never be the big-time feature runner he was in college.

Full Name: Owen Daniels School: Wisconsin Pos: TE

Ht: 6-3.5 Wt: 253 40: 4.70 Year: 5Sr

Rank: Three stars, No. 10 tight end.

Owen Daniels (Matthew Kutz/BN)

Bio: Awarded All-Conference honors as a junior after totaling 25/391/2. Senior numbers were 22/268/4.

Pos: Effective pass-catching tight end with a good feel for the position. Finds the soft spot in the defense, displays a sense of timing and has natural hands. Plays with good pad level and remains focused throughout the action.

Neg: Lacks strength at the point of attack. Marginally productive as a blocker. Does not play to his 40 time.

Analysis: A former quarterback who has shown flashes of ability since making the move to tight end, Daniels must significantly elevate his level of play this summer. Practice squad player with developmental potential.

Full Name: Matt Lawrence School: Wisconsin Pos: G

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 287 40: 5.55 Year: 5Sr

Rank: One star, No. 46 guard.

Matt Lawrence (UW Athletics)

Bio: Moved in with the first team as a senior after spending the prior two seasons as a reserve lineman.

Pos: Good-sized lineman who blocks with solid fundamentals. Quick off the snap, sets with a wide base and plays with good pad level. Seals defenders from the action and remains alert. Goes hard until the whistle blows.

Neg: Lacks the strong base and gets minimal movement from run blocks. Marginally effective on the second level and has difficulty handling speed rushers.

Analysis: Using all of his assets to the maximum, Lawrence displayed enough ability as a senior to be brought into a camp.

Full Name: Jonathan Orr School: Wisconsin Pos: WR

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 198 40: 4.45 Year: 5Sr

Rank: Two stars, No. 17 wide receiver.

Jonathan Orr (Matthew Kutz/BN)

Bio: Four-year starter who totaled 40/688/8 as a senior. Impacted the program as a freshman, when he started 13 games and produced career-best numbers of 47/842/8.

Pos: Outstanding athlete with great upside for the next level. Quick to top speed and runs away from opponents in the open field. Strong, makes the tough catch in a crowd or out-muscles defenders for the reception. Consistently comes back to the quarterback, working to make himself an available target. Effective blocking downfield for the running game.

Neg: Must improve his route-running. Double-catches a lot of passes and lacks overall consistency.

Analysis: After a sensational freshman season, Orr watched his play level off. Showed signs of life last season and has tremendous size/speed numbers. Could reward a franchise that is patient.

Full Name: Jason Pociask School: Wisconsin Pos: TE

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 266 40: 4.89 Year: 5Sr

Rank: Two stars, No. 20 tight end.

(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Bio: Part-time starter used mainly in two-tight end sets. Senior receiving numbers were 7/79, after four receptions as a junior.

Pos: Nice-sized tight end with solid timed speed. Quick off the line, plays with good lean and displays natural receiving skills. Adjusts to the errant throw and makes the reception away from his frame. Blocks with leverage, attacks assignments and explodes at the point.

Neg: Does not finish blocks. Marginal playing speed.

Analysis: A hard worker who gives top effort, Pociask could make a roster for a team that keeps three tight ends, if he learns to play to his size/speed numbers.

Full Name: Donovan Raiola School: Wisconsin Pos: C

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 300 40: 5.58 Year: 5Sr

Rank: Two stars, No. 8 center.

Donovan Raiola (UW Athletics)

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors after his junior and sophomore campaigns. Brother Dominic was a second-round pick of the Lions in 2001.

Pos: Smart, explosive blocker who plays with a nasty attitude. Quick into blocks, gets out to the second level and walls opponents from the action. Plays with outstanding leverage, slides his feet in space and adjusts in pass protection. Effective in motion and works to finish blocks.

Neg: Powerful in the weight room but does not present himself as a strong lineman who drives opponents off the ball.

Analysis: Flashing dominance throughout his college career, Raiola is coming off an uninspired senior campaign. Has the tools and intensity to play at the next level, yet must develop a complete game.

Full Name: Brandon Williams School: Wisconsin Pos: WR

Ht: 5-9.5 Wt: 179 40: 4.52 Year: 4Sr

Rank: Three stars, No. 13 wide receiver.

Brandon Williams (Matthew Kutz/BN)

Bio: Four-year starter and All-Conference performer the past two seasons. Led the team in receiving as a senior posting 59/1,095/6, also averaged 14.6 yards on 26 punt returns with two more scores. Junior receiving totals were 47/580/2.

Pos: Under-sized yet consistent receiver with abilities as a return specialist. Quick off the line, sharp running routes and gets separation from opponents. Comes back to the ball, finds the soft spot in the defense and effectively uses the sidelines. Natural pass-catcher and easily adjusts to the errant throw. Not afraid to go up in a crowd for the difficult catch. Gives effort blocking downfield.

Neg: Marginal top-end speed. Will have difficulty handling the jam at the next level. Unnecessarily lets the ball get inside him at times.

Analysis: Reliable throughout his Wisconsin career, Williams is a solid middle-round pick with potential as No. 3 receiver and return specialist at the next level.

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