Badgers in pre-combine mock drafts
The all-star bowl games are over and the NFL Combine and pro days await. There shouldn't be much movement on draft boards until after the combine, so why not recharge The Bucky Breakdown with a look at where Wisconsin players are projected to go in the 2014 NFL Draft.
(Note: If you know of any mock drafts which extend past 1 or 2 rounds, please let me know. with no Badgers expected to go in the first round this year, it definitely limits the mocks.)
Drafttek (7 rounds, updated Feb. 12)
Chris Borland, Round 3 (No. 73 overall) to the Buffalo Bills
Jared Abbrederis, Round 3 (No. 78) to the Baltimore Ravens
Ryan Groy, Round 4 (No. 102) to the Cleveland Browns
Jacob Pedersen, Round 7 (No. 220) to the San Francisco Giants
DJ at The New NFL Draft (4 rounds, updated Feb. 5)
Chris Borland, Round 3 (No. 76) to the Detroit Lions. "Detroit has a great young defensive line and the Lions will be making an effort to get the linebackers to up to par. Borland may not have the range as some of the other top prospects but he is a tackling machine and Detroit was 2nd in the NFL in missed tackles a season ago."
Jared Abbrederis, Round 4 (No. 98) to the Washington Redskins. "Superb route runner that also has a future returning punts at the NFL level."
U-T San Diego's Eddie Brown (3 rounds, updated Feb. 12)
Chris Borland, Round 3 (No. 94) to the San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Roberts of Breaking Football (2 rounds, updated Feb. 12)
Chris Borland, Round 2 (No. 40) to the Minnesota Vikings. "Borland is a solid athlete with great instincts and the Vikes need an inside linebacker. He could easily go a lot earlier, but I think he sticks in round two."
Jared Abbrederis, Round 2 (No. 59) to the Indianapolis Colts. "The Colts need help at wide receiver. T.Y. Hilton is a boss and there is talent to be molded here, but Reggie Wayne is ancient and coming off a shredded knee, while the other receivers can't be trusted. Abbrederis has good size and speed and can even help on return duty. Heâs the versatile threat Indy needs."
The main mock at WalterFoootball.com (4 rounds, updated Feb. 12)
Chris Borland, Round 2 (No. 59) to the Indianapolis Colts. "The Colts need help all over their defense, including the linebacking corps, where the injury-prone Pat Angerer will be a free agent this March."
Jared Abbrederis, Round 4 (No. 100) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "Mike Glennon's options are rather limited once you get beyond Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams. The Buccaneers will be searching for a new No. 3 receiver this offseason."
Charlie Campbell of WalterFootball.com (4 rounds, updated Feb. 10)
Jared Abbrederis, Round 3 (No. 95) to the Denver Broncos. "The Broncos could think about drafting a wide out early. Eric Decker will be hitting free agency while Wes Welker is aging."
Chris Borland, Round 4 (No. 127) to the Denver Broncos. "Nate Irving didn't pan out, so the Broncos could use some help in the middle of their defense. They could use a more physical presence in the front seven as well. The redshirt senior is a thumper middle linebacker who is a tough-as-nails run-defender. He has shown some nice pass-rush ability as an interior blitzer. His best fit in the NFL could be on the inside of a 3-4 defense. He may not have the speed and athleticism to play in a 4-3. Borland is short and not a fluid enough athlete for pass coverage in the NFL."
Mario Puig of Rotowire.com (3 rounds, updated Feb. 7)
Chris Borland, Round 2 (No. 61) to the Pittsburgh Steelers
Jared Abbrederis, Round 3 (No. 65) to the Houston Texans. "The Texans have no legitimate third WR after Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, so snagging Abbrederis here makes lots of sense. Abbrederis might be the best WR in this draft at burning defenses deep."
Here are some player ranking with draft grades/projections as well:
NFLDraftScout.com (updated Feb. 10)
Chris Borland, 3rd-ranked ILB, projected Round 3
Ryan Groy, 15th-ranked OG, projected Round 7
James White, 11th-ranked RB, projected Round 4-5
Dezmen Southward, 13th-ranked SS, projected Round 7-FA
Jacob Pedersen, 12th-ranked TE, projected Round 6-7
Jared Abbrederis, 14th-ranked WR, projected Round 3
James White, 16th-ranked RB, Round 5 draft grade
Jared Abbrederis, 10th-ranked WR, Round 2 draft grade
Jacob Pedersen, 11th-ranked TE, Round 6 draft grade
Beau Allen, 20th-ranked DT, Round 7 draft grade
Chris Borland, 4th-ranked ILB, Round 3 draft grade