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2018 Wisconsin Badgers prospect primer

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Scouting Notes

2018 Wisconsin Badgers prospect primer

Below are notable Wisconsin prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. Few teams in college football had a more successful season than the Badgers last year. The team finished 11-3: their three losses coming against Michigan at the Big House, an overtime loss to Ohio State and then a thrilling game against Penn State for the B1G Championship by 7 points each. The team lost pass rushers T.J. Watt and Vince Biegel, but Coach Chryst returns plenty of players who could keep Wisconsin at the forefront of the conference.

Offense

Wide Receiver Jazz Peavy – 6000, 185 – Redshirt Senior
Was the team’s leading receiver last year in an unstable passing offense. Has reliable hands and a good sense for finding space in the intermediate areas. Has the potential to see a big boost in production if Badgers passing offense shows growth this season.
OCT 29 Nebraska at Wisconsin

Wisconsin Badgers tight end Troy Fumagalli (81) catches at pass over Nebraska Cornhuskers linebacker Dedrick Young II (5). (Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire)

Tight End Troy Fumagalli – 6060, 249 – Redshirt Senior

A true throwback. Has in line abilities and likable levels of functional strength to challenge EDGE defenders as a blocker. As a route runner, Fumagalli navigates the second level well and knows how to use his size on his stem to bump and create additional separation. That nuance is needed, as he’s not the most fluid athlete in open space. Fumagalli’s hands are a bit suspect, which is frustrating because he addresses the ball well at the catch point. Fumagalli’s drops seem to be centered around shifting his eyes up the field too quickly, which is an easy fix but also a potential issue.

Defense

EDGE Defender Garret Dooley – 6030, 250 – Redshirt Senior

Dooley should step right in to help ease the loss of Biegel and Watt. Dooley is build similarly and showcases nice athleticism to play on the edge. A regular fixture in the rotation last year, Dooley isn’t exactly green and I’m expecting him to find success this season.

Linebacker Jack Cichy – 6020, 233 – Redshirt Senior

The news broke this week that Cichy has tore his ACL, ending his 2017 season before it even began. Cichy released a statement assuring Badgers fans that he wasn’t done with football, although he admitted he did not know where he would go from here. There’s a chance Cichy, who is a strong mental processor and plays with good range, could forego an additional redshirt and enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Safety D’Cota Dixon – 5100, 199 – Senior

Dixon finished second on the team in interceptions (4), including the game winner in the season opener vs. Louisiana State. He’s a fun player but he’s still a bit too loose on the back end. Tightening up his effort in deep coverage would be extremely helpful in boosting his stock.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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