Wisconsin Pro Day Brings Solid Results

News and notes from Wisconsin's annual pro day, as 11 former Badgers work off for NFL scouts inside the McClain Center Wednesday afternoon.

Participants in the 40-yard dash: Travis Beckum, Jason Chapman, P.J. Hill, Allen Langford, Mike Newkirk, Andy Kemp, Dave Peck, Chris Pressley, Bill Rentmeester, Matt Shaughnessy and Kraig Urbik.

Each player ran twice and no official times were announced. Vertical Jump: Travis Beckum (41"), Jason Chapman (30.5"), P.J. Hill (37"), Allen Langford (36.5"), Mike Newkirk (30"), Andy Kemp (27.5"), Dave Peck (39"), Chris Pressley (31.5"), Bill Rentmeester (31.5") and Kraig Urbik (25.5")

Bench Press (reps at 225 pounds): Hill (16 reps), Newkirk (35 reps), Rentmesster (18 reps), Langford (15 reps), Chapman (8 reps, but left with apparent shoulder injury)

News and Notes

* With the media being a good 45 yards away from where the Badgers players ran the 40-yard dash, it took awhile for us to recognize P.J. Hill, who has completely changed his body in preparation for the NFL. It was a shock, to be quite honest. In two months working with a personal trainer, it's evident that Hill has shed upwards of 20 pounds of fat and was proud to show his chiseled upper body.

As one of my colleagues put it, ‘Why couldn't the Wisconsin trainers make him look like that?'

Hill ran a decent 40, had the best vertical of the group. While it'll be hard to imagine Hill as a standout running back, the third-leading rusher in school history should get a shot at the next level.

* A lot of the focus of the day was on Travis Beckum and how he would respond after breaking a bone in his leg during the Illinois game and missing the rest of the season. Beckum looked strong in his 40, unofficially running the fastest time according to one scout, but lost a little bit off his vertical, which was generously announced at 41 inches, and did not bench. Beckum did say he was at 80 percent.

Even so, you can definitely tell Beckum has hit the weight room to strengthen his upper body. He's added about 20 pounds, only dropped one pass during individual drills and should be a solid contributor at the next level.

* Which former Badger has the highest draft stock right now? Surprisingly, according to a couple conversations I had with people, the top guy is Kraig Urbik, who was just as impressive Wednesday as he was in the combine. Three different scouts said that Urbik fits the billing of what the NFL is looking for of linemen and could be anywhere from a third round pick to a fifth round pick.

* Seniors Jonathan Casillas and DeAndre Levy were the only two Badgers who did not work out. Casillas was spotted walking around in street clothes.

* The entire coaching staff along with most of the upperclassmen on Wisconsin's roster attended the event in support of the seniors.

* Former Badger punter Ken DeBauche, an NFL free agent, worked out for scouts in hopes of landing a deal.

* Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson and former Minnesota Viking head coach and current Jacksonville Jaguar assistant Mike Tice were the two most recognizable figures of a group of over 45 NFL and CFL personal in attendance.

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