Former Wisconsin Badgers are littered all over NFL rosters. Currently, 32 former Badgers are on either an active roster, injured reserve or practice squad of an NFL team. From some of the best players in the game to those just looking for a shot, here's a capsule summary of every ex-Wisconsin player in the league.
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Jared Abbrederis, WR, Detroit Lions
A fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2014, Abbrederis had a problem staying healthy in Green Bay. He played in just 15 games -- recording 10 receptions for 119 yards -- before being let go in 2016. Abbrederis signed a future contact with Detroit, certainly no guarantee to make the roster. But when the Lions' announced roster cuts, Abbrederis made the team as the fifth wide receiver. If active on gamedays, expect special teams to be a big part of his role.
Beau Allen, DT, Philadelphia Eagles
A seventh-round pick, Allen has emerged as a solid rotational player along Philadelphia's defensive line. After playing in all 16 games in each of his first three seasons, in which he had 78 tackles and a sack, Allen was in danger of missing time in 2017 after suffering a pectoral injury in the offseason. But he was activated off the PUP list and played in the Eagles' final preseason game. He'll once again be one of the defensive tackles Philly uses, usually more on rushing downs.
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Vince Biegel, LB, Green Bay Packers
After suffering through injuries at Wisconsin, Biegel's NFL career has gotten off to a similar start. Biegel, who was selected with the first pick in the fourth round by Green Bay, was hurt during rookie minicamp and never practiced during training camp. He was placed on the PUP list to start the season.
Jonathan Casillas, LB, New York Giants
Originally an undrafted free agent, Casillas enters his ninth season in the NFL and third with the Giants, where he is the starting weakside linebacker. Voted a defensive captain last season, Casillas had a career-high 96 tackles to go with 1.5 sacks and 8 passes defensed. A two-time Super Bowl winner (Saints, Patriots), Casillas has 350 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 18 PD and three forced fumbles in his career.
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Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Signed as an undrafted free agent, Clement seemed like an even bigger longshot to make the team when Philadelphia signed free agent LeGarrett Blount shortly after Clement joined the team. After rushing for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries during the preseason, Clement made the Eagles' 53-man roster -- one of five running backs. How he'll be used (Clement did return two kickoffs as well in preseason) or if he'll be active on gameday remains to be seen.
Marcus Cromartie, S, Seattle Seahawks
Another undrafted free agent, Cromartie spent one year in San Diego and the last three with San Francisco before being let loose by the 49ers. He signed with Buffalo, only to be released in May. Cromartie hooked up with Seattle less than a month later and seemingly was having a good training camp but was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury on cutdown day.
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Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
After winning a battle to be Cincinnati's punt returner last season -- he was the only undrafted free agent to make the Bengals' opening-game roster -- thanks to a strong preseason in which he had 10 catches for 163 yards, Erickson fended off challengers again to make this year's 53-man roster. Last season he only had six receptions for 71 yards, but he did boast a 27.9-yard kick-return average (with 3 of his 29 returns going for 40+ yards), which ranked second in the NFL, as well as a 7.0 punt-return average.
Travis Frederick, C, Dallas Cowboys
It isn't just Frederick's beard that is impressive. The former No. 1 pick of the Cowboys (31st overall in 2013) has started all 16 games in four consecutive seasons and made the Pro Bowl each of the last three years.
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Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
After an underwhelming rookie season in which the former No. 15 overall pick rushed for just 641 yards and no touchdowns in 14 games, Gordon fell three yards shy of 1,000 in 2016 and tallied 10 TDs rushing plus two more receiving. Gordon missed the final three games of the 2016 season because of hip and knee injuries. He did, however, play in his first Pro Bowl and was named the Chargers' Offensive Player of the Year. A healthy Gordon is primed to become the 20th 1,000-yard rusher in franchise history.
Ryan Groy, OL, Buffalo Bills
Groy returns for a third year with the Bills, but that nearly wasn't the case. A restricted free agent this past offseason, the former undrafted free agent signed offer sheet with the Rams. Buffalo, though, elected to match the offer. However, that was before Sean McDermott came aboard as head coach. Instead of battling for a starting job -- Groy played in all 16 games with seven starts in 2016 -- Groy is seemingly entrenched as the backup center and third-string guard. Groy previously played for Chicago in 2014 and was traded to New England in 2015, although he never played for the Patriots.
Rob Havenstein, OT, Los Angeles Rams
A second-round pick in 2015, Havenstein was forced to start and didn't allow a sack in 13 games. Last season, however, he gave up nine sacks in 15 games. After the Rams signed Andrew Whitworth this past offseason, it was thought that Havenstein would move inside to guard. However, Los Angeles dealt tackle Greg Robinson and moved Whitworth to left tackle, meaning Havenstein is once again the starting right tackle for the Rams entering 2017.
Hillary's elation on making the active roster didn't last long. He had one of the more unfortunate things happen to a player who makes the 53-man roster on Saturday. On Sunday, Hillary was released after Cleveland was awarded players off waivers. However, Hillary is sticking around Cleveland as he was signed to the team's practice squad, where he spent the majority of last season.
Lance Kendricks, TE, Green Bay Packers
The Milwaukee native returned home to Wisconsin, signing with the Packers as a free agent after six years with the Rams, who took him in the second round of the 2011 draft. In 93 games with the Rams, Kendricks caught 204 passes for 2,132 yards with 17 touchdowns. He's listed as Green Bay's No. 2 tight end, behind Martellus Bennett but ahead of Richard Rodgers.
Chris Maragos, S, Philadelphia Eagles
Now in his eighth NFL season, the former undrafted free agent has turned himself into a special teams ace. Maragos led Philadelphia with 13 special teams tackles in 2016 and has 43 with the Eagles in his three seasons with the team. Overall, Maragos has 78 tackles on special teams in 93 career games. That's basically his role -- Maragos was in on just one defensive snap in 2016.
Tyler Marz, OT, Tennessee Titans
Marz spent last season on Tennessee's practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent. By most account, he had a good training camp with the Titans this summer, playing both inside and outside, but was caught in a numbers game and cut, eventually being re-signed to the practice squad.
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Tanner McEvoy, WR, Seattle Seahawks
The former Badgers quarterback-wide receiver-safety made Seattle last season as a backup wide receiver and had nine receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. McEvoy survived competition at this year's training camp and with the trade of Jermaine Kearse, now finds himself poised for more action in 2017, listed as the backup to Paul Richardson on the depth chart. The 6-foot-6, 230-pound McEvoy can even fill in at tight end in a pinch in an emergency. Or, yes, throw a pass -- he had one completion last season for 43 yards.
Brad Nortman, P, Jacksonville Jaguars
In his first year with Jacksonville, Nortman had a career-high 77 punts (insert your own Jaguars joke here), averaging 46.6 yards (ranking 9th in the NFL) with a 39.5 net. Nortman spent the first four years of his career with Carolina. His 45.5-yard punting average ranks 12th all-time in NFL history.
Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Houston Texans
In Houston's three preseason games -- the fourth, sometimes crucial game for those on the roster bubble, was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey -- Ogunbowale rushed for 30 yards on 10 carries and caught four passes for 20 yards. With a deep running back corps -- Houston, like Philadelphia, kept five backs, Ogunbowale was a casualty on cutdown day. However, he was signed to the Texans' practice squad.
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, New Orleans Saints
The first-round pick of New Orleans had a strange training camp. He was expected to be a backup, but then forced into a starting role due to an injury to Terron Armstead. Then Ramczyk missed time due to an undisclosed injury and suddenly returned. Armstead, who had offseason shoulder surgery, was surprisingly put on the Saints' 53-man roster and not the PUP. He's even listed as the starter although there is little chance he'll be playing any time soon. Until then, Ramczyk will be thrown right into the fire as New Orleans' starting left tackle.
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Joe Schobert, LB, Cleveland Browns
The fourth-round pick played in 16 games with four starts as a rookie in 2016, compiling 28 tackles and .5 sacks. The Browns think enough of Schobert that not only is he listed as the starting middle linebacker on their depth chart entering the 2017 season, but he's also the only middle linebacker listed.
Sojourn Shelton, CB, Cincinnati Bengals
After going undrafted, Shelton signed with Arizona and seemed like he had a decent chance to make the team. Shelton played the majority of the Cardinals' preseason finale and finished with five tackles in Arizona's four games. He was part of the team's cutdown to 53. Instead of signing back on with Arizona, Shelton instead joined the practice squad of the Bengals.
Dezmen Southward, S, Carolina Panthers
An injury curtailed Southward's 2016 season, he signed on with Carolina's practice squad at the end of the 2016 and was competing for a job as a backup safety with the Panthers. He ended up tied for third on the team in tackles this preseason but was let go on cutdown day. Despite having been in the NFL since 2014 after being drafted by the Falcons in the third round, Southward has not accrued two NFL seasons (he played in 16 games in 2014 but just three in '15), making him still eligible for Carolina's practice squad, which he joined.
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Joe Thomas, OT, Cleveland Browns
When all is said and done, Thomas might be the best Badgers player to appear in the NFL -- if he isn't already. Thomas is the only offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 NFL seasons and just the fifth player overall (the other four are, not coincidentally, all Hall of Famers). Thomas has been named All-Pro eight times and has never missed a snap in the NFL. Unfortunately for Thomas, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in 2007, he's never appeared in a playoff game as Cleveland has had a winning record just once in his tenure -- and that was when he was a rookie.
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Scott Tolzien, QB, Indianapolis Colts
In his second season with the Colts, Tolzien is going to be making his second start for Indianapolis in Week 1 with Andrew Luck sidelined (he also started for Indy on Thanksgiving last year). It will be just his fourth career start -- he had two with Green Bay. After that, with Luck's health and Indianapolis trading for Jacoby Brissett, Tolzien's future is a bit unknown after this Sunday. An undrafted free agent who has also been with the Chargers and 49ers, Tolzien has appeared in just nine NFL games entering this season, completing 79 or 128 passes for 937 yards with two touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Austin Traylor, TE, Denver Broncos
Traylor made a tour around NFL practice squads last season after going undrafted. He spent time with the Cowboys, Chargers, Patriots, Ravens and Broncos in 2016. Used more as a blocker with Denver, Traylor caught two passes this preseason. He was cut by team as it pared down to 53 players and was re-signed to the practice squad.
Rick Wagner, OT, Detroit Lions
After four years with the Ravens, in which he missed just one game and started 47 out of a possible 62 contests, the former walk-on and fifth-round draft pick became one of the highest-paid right tackles in the NFL when he signed as an unrestricted free agent this offseason with the Lions, where he will be a part of a revamped offensive line. In his first four year, Wagner has allowed just seven sacks, with no more than two in any season.
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Derek Watt, FB, Los Angeles Chargers
A sixth-round pick in 2016, Watt had just two carries and two receptions as a rookie, spending most of his on-field time as a blocker and on special teams. He only appeared in 142 offensive snaps last season compared to 287 on special teams. Watt is the only fullback listed on the Chargers' roster, although the team is carrying four tight ends.
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
After being named a first-team All-Pro from 2012-15 as well as being a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, injuries shelved Watt for much of the 2016 season as he played in just three games, recording seven tackles and 1.5 sacks. Watt has 76 sacks in his career, including two seasons with 20.5 and 15 forced fumbles. Healthy again in 2017, opposing offenses should beware.
T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Selected with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 draft, Watt has quickly made an impression in Pittsburgh. After recording 11 tackles and two sacks during the preseason, Watt was named the starting right outside linebacker for the Steelers over veteran James Harrison.
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James White, RB, New England Patriots
White became a household name after his performance in the Super Bowl, in which set records with 14 receptions and 20 points scored, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. A fourth-round pick in 2013, White has been used mainly as a receiver in his time with the Patriots. Last season he had 60 receptions and just 39 carries; in 2015, 40 catches, 22 rushes. Overall, White has rushed for 260 yards on 77 carries and caught 105 passes for 984 yards with 11 total TDs (nine receiving).
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Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Now entering his sixth season in the NFL -- and sixth as Seattle's starting quarterback -- Wilson is coming off a year in which he set career highs in passing attempts (546), completions (353) and yards (4,219), but also interceptions (11). Wilson has thrown for 18,193 yards and 127 TDs in his career and his QB rating of 99.6 ranks second all-time.
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Kevin Zeitler, OG, Cleveland Browns
It was a good offseason for former Badgers offensive linemen who were free agents. After five years in Cincinnati, which took him in the first round of the 2012 draft, Zeitler signed with the Browns for the richest contract ever given to a right guard, with $23 million in guaranteed money. Zeitler has started all 16 games in each of the past two seasons and also did so as a rookie. Overall, he's played in 72 games with 71 starts. Zeitler has allowed just 7.25 sacks over the past four seasons, including just one in 2016.