Center Donovan Raiola
has outstanding bloodlines as well as playing skill.
The younger brother of Detroit blocker Dominic, Raiola possesses much of
the quickness and explosion that characterizes his siblings game. A leverage blocker, he displays great jolt at the point of
attack and is quick out to the second level.
A devastating blocker in motion, Raiola seals linebackers from the action
and displays great adjustment to his game.
Not strong at the point of attack or lineman who finishes blocks, Raiola
rarely opens holes in the middle of the field yet would be an outstanding
prospect for a team which consistently put its blockers in motion.
Junior left tackle Joe Thomas is potentially the next outstanding
offensive lineman from the program. Quick
off the snap, he is a solid position blocker that displays outstanding range and
skill in pass protection. Sliding
his feet, Thomas possesses solid footwork and has the ability to get out on the
second level then annihilate linebackers. More
of a finesse, wall-off blocker, Thomas is by no means a masher yet possesses
tremendous upside for the next level. Fullback
Matt Bernstein is easily the best lead blocker in the nation.
A dominant force, Bernstein devastates opponents, easily removing them
from the action, opening huge holes for his ball carrier.
Truly a finisher, Bernstein also offers skill as a short yardage runner
and is not a bad pass catcher. Speed
is a major concern as Bernstein is not quick off the snap nor does he have the
ability to get around tackle and create space for ball carriers.
Running back Booker Stanley is a versatile skill position player
and ball handler. A patient back,
he waits for blocks to develop then follows them.
Quick footed, he makes defenders miss yet is deceptively strong and
displays the ability to break the first tackle. Quick through the hole, Stanley also stands out as a
receiver. Not a back who can run to
daylight, Stanley possesses more of a short area burst.
Suspended for his role in a fight, Stanley's status for next season is
still up in the air. Wisconsin has
a pair of receivers to keep an eye on. A
naturally gifted prospect, Jonathan Orr displayed flashes of brilliance
as a freshman when he helped fill in for an injured Lee Evans.
Working hard to sell routes, Orr does a solid job coming back to the
quarterback and making the reception. More
of a long strider, he does not win out in battles and loses concentration,
dropping very easy throws. Never
capitalizing off his great freshman campaign, Orr needs a big senior season to
get selected. Another prospect
whose football has seemingly leveled off would be Orr's teammate Brandon Williams. Extending to
consistently make the reception away from his frame, Williams is also a solid
blocker down the field yet must take his game in the next level.
Defensively the talent is
thin as most all the top Badger prospects are now in the NFL.
Keep an eye on linebacker LaMarr Watkins, an explosive defender
who stands out on special teams. Cornerback
Brett Bell flashes abilities as a shut down cover man and could turn
himself into a solid prospect with a good senior campaign.