Former Wisconsin Badgers are littered all over NFL rosters. Currently, 31 former Badgers are on either an active roster, injured reserve, PUP list 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.
Beau Allen, DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A seventh-round pick of Philadelphia in 2014, Allen became a solid rotational lineman and played in all but one game during his four seasons with the Eagles, recording 87 tackles and two sacks in that span. After winning a Super Bowl last year, Allen signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent (three years, $15 million with $6.5 million guaranteed). He's listed as one of the Bucs' starting defensive tackles along with Gerald McCoy.
Vince Biegel, LB, New Orleans Saints
After being selected in the fourth round of the 2017 draft by Green Bay, injuries limited Biegel to nine games as a rookie, in which he had 16 tackles but no sacks. Expected to compete for a linebacker spot with the Packers, Biegel was instead cut and signed by New Orleans to its practice squad.
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Jack Cichy, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cichy only played in 24 games in college, with 11 starts, and missed the entire 2017 season after tearing his ACL weeks before the start of the season. Nevertheless, he was taken in the sixth round by Tampa Bay based on the potential he showed at Wisconsin (121 tackles, 15 TFL, 6.5 sacks). Cichy's spot on the 53-man roster was hardly guaranteed, but after a preseason in which he had 14 tackles he made the team and is listed as Tampa's backup strongside linebacker behind Adarius Taylor, who has started six games in his four years, four of those coming last year.
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Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Clement was the only undrafted free agent to make Philadelphia's roster in 2017, and even at that he was one of five running backs on the team. But Clement slowly became a contributor and finished the season with 321 rushing yards, 10 catches and a combined six touchdowns. Clement became the fourth rookie in NFL history to record 100+ receiving yards in a Super Bowl and scored a key touchdown in the Eagles' win. How will he follow that up? Clement's production is expected to increase in 2018 as he's one of Philly's three main running backs, along with Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles.
Marcus Cromartie, S, Detroit Lions
For the second straight year, Cromartie will enter a season on injured reserve. Last year, Cromartie was put on IR by Seattle but was later waived with a settlement and signed with Houston, where he played one game before being released in mid-October. He remained unsigned until late August when he was picked up by Detroit but 12 days later he was placed on IR. An undrafted free agent, Cromartie has previously spent time with San Diego, Cleveland, San Francisco and Buffalo.
Garret Dooley, LB, Minnesota Vikings
Dooley went undrafted after recording 12 TFL and 7.5 sacks as a senior, signing with Minnesota. In the preseason, Dooley had only four tackles -- along with a sack and forced fumble -- but showed enough during camp and games to be signed to the Vikings' practice squad.
Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Now in his third year with Cincinnati, the former undrafted free agent has found a way to stick with the Bengals thanks to his return ability. Erickson remains Cincinnati's main kick and punt returner. Last season, Erickson averaged 20.7 yards on 32 kick returns (down from a 27.9-yard average as a rookie) and 7.1 yards on 39 punt returns. Erickson is listed as a third-team wide receiver for Cincinnati -- his playing time on offense likely reduced with a healthy John Ross around -- but last year he had 12 catches for 180 yards, including his first NFL TD.
Travis Frederick, C, Dallas Cowboys
The former No. 1 pick of the Cowboys (31st overall in 2013) has started all 16 games in all five of his NFL seasons and made the Pro Bowl in four consecutive years. However, Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome weeks before the start of the 2018 season, leaving his playing status in doubt for this year and perhaps beyond. Nevertheless, Dallas put Frederick on its 53-man roster.
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Troy Fumagalli, TE, Denver Broncos
After catching 135 passes for 1,627 yards in four years at Wisconsin, Fumagalli was selected in the fifth round of the draft by Denver. However, a sports hernia limited him in the offseason -- he didn't participate in Wisconsin's Pro Day -- and lingered throughout training camp. Fumagalli never played in a preseason game, making the Broncos decision an easy one -- the team placed the tight end on injured reserve, meaning Fumagalli will be sidelined for his rookie year.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
For the first time in his three-year career, Gordon played in all 16 games for the Chargers. As a result, the former first-round pick (No. 15 overall) topped 1,000 yards rushing for the first time, with 1,105 yards, and set career highs with 58 catches and 476 receiving yards. Gordon also had 12 combined TDs (8 rushing, 4 receiving). Gordon only averaged 3.9 yards per carry, however, and has never reached 4.0 in his three years.
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Ryan Groy, OL, Buffalo Bills
Groy has finally found a home in Buffalo. An undrafted free agent, he signed with Chicago, where he played four games in 2014, and also has spent time with Tampa Bay and New England. Traded by the Patriots to the Bills, Groy has played in 36 games for Buffalo, including all 16 in each of the past two seasons. With Eric Wood retiring, Groy won the competition to be Buffalo's starting center this season. He enters 2018 with 11 career starts.
Rob Havenstein, OT, Los Angeles Rams
A second-round pick in 2015 and starter since he entered the NFL, Havenstein hasn't been able to live up to his rookie season when he didn't allow a sack in 13 games. He gave up nine in 15 games in 2016, but improved last year with four given up in 15 contests. Still the Rams' starting right tackle, just a couple of weeks before the start of the 2018 season Havenstein was given a contract extension running through 2022 (almost $10 million guaranteed).
Leon Jacobs, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacobs had an interesting five years at Wisconsin, moving back between both linebacker positions and also fullback. But as a fifth-year senior, he recorded 60 tackles, 9.5 TFL and three sacks, good enough to help him get drafted in the seventh round by Jacksonville. He impressed from the start and in no time was taking first-team reps. Despite his low draft status, Jacobs is slated to be the starting strongside linebacker on what should be a very good Jaguars defense.
Alec James, DE, Arizona Cardinals
Undrafted after a senior season in which he had 53 tackles, 8 TFL an 6.5 sacks, James signed with Arizona. James had just three tackles and one sack in the preseason, but the Cardinals signed him to their practice squad after making their cuts to 53.
Natrell Jamerson, S/CB, Houston Texans
Jamerson played safety at Wisconsin as a senior -- he played cornerback the previous two years and wide receiver as a freshman. New Orleans drafted him in the fifth round, but moved Jamerson to cornerback. Despite getting some good comments from coaches in training camp and the preseason, the Saints cut Jamerson instead of keeping him on their 53-man roster. Houston claimed him off waivers, meaning an inclusion on their 53, and have him listed as the backup to Tyrann Mathieu -- at safety.
Lance Kendricks, TE, Green Bay Packers
Kendricks' homecoming to Wisconsin -- he is from Milwaukee -- probably didn't go as he expected. After six seasons with the Rams, Kendricks had career lows in catches (18) and receiving yards (203), and his one touchdown was his fewest since he didn't score as a rookie. Kendricks now finds himself behind Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis on the Packers' tight end depth chart, a third-stringer along with Robert Tonyan, a one-time undrafted free agent.
Chris Maragos, S, Philadelphia Eagles
A special-teams standout, Maragos had missed only one game since 2012 before tearing his ACL in Philadelphia's sixth game last season. Maragos, who debuted in 2010 with San Francisco after signing as an undrafted free agent and then spent three seasons with Seattle, didn't participate in training camp and was placed on the Eagles' physically unable to play (PUP) list, meaning he's out for at least the first six weeks of the season.
Tyler Marz, OT, Tennessee Titans
For the third consecutive year, Marz will begin the season on Tennessee's practice squad. Signing with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2016, he's never been able to crack their active roster. Last year, however, the Chargers signed Marz off Tennessee's practice squad and he was active from Weeks 3-8, although he did not appear in a game. After being waived by the Chargers, he was signed back to the Titans' practice squad. He has yet to appear in a regular-season NFL game.
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Tanner McEvoy, WR, Miami Dolphins
After two years with Seattle -- where he had 14 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns -- the Seahawks waived McEvoy before the final preseason game. He was scooped up on waivers by New Orleans and played in one game for the Saints, who waived him during their cutdown to 53 players. Miami then claimed McEvoy off waivers, again meaning he had to be placed on the 53-man roster, and have him listed as a third-string wide receiver. When active, he's expected to play a lot on special teams and perhaps work his way into the offense.
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Nick Nelson, CB, Oakland Raiders
Nelson set a Wisconsin single-season record with 21 passes defensed in 2017 then declared for the NFL draft after just one season on the field with the Badgers. However, he tore his meniscus in a workout, which might have caused him to slip to the fourth round of the draft, where he was selected by Oakland. The injury force a slow start to his pro career and then he injured a hamstring in late August. However, Nelson is expected to compete for time as the Raiders' nickel back this year.
Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Undrafted coming out of college in 2017, Ogunbowale began his rookie year on Houston's practice squad but was released a week later and signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad. The Bucs cut him in early December, but he then signed with Washington and was signed to the active roster for the final two games of the season. Ogunbowale played, but didn't compile any stats in those games. A late signing by the Bucs after running back Charles Sims was placed on IR on Aug. 2, Ogunbowale impressed in his brief month with Tampa Bay and although he didn't make the 53, was signed to the practice squad once again.
Ryan Ramczyk, OT, New Orleans Saints
Pressed into service as a rookie, Ramczyk played every offensive snap for New Orleans in 2017. At first alternating between left tackle and right tackle, Ramczyk settled in as the Saints' right tackle starting in Week 6 as New Orleans was one miracle away from making the NFC championship game. He allowed two sacks and had two holding penalties in his first year in the NFL. Ramczyk once again will man New Orleans' right side in 2018.
Joe Schobert, LB, Cleveland Browns
The former fourth-round pick played had a breakout sophomore season in the NFL. Starting all 16 games at middle linebacker, Schobert tied for the NFL lead with 144 tackles and was named to the Pro Bowl. He also was one of just three players in the league to play on every defensive snap of his team's games. Schobert also had a career-high three sacks, three forced fumbled and four passes defensed as well as his first career interception. Not surprisingly, Schobert will once again be Cleveland's starting MIKE linebacker.
Dezmen Southward, S, Carolina Panthers
Despite being drafted in 2014, a third-round pick by Atlanta, Southward is still eligible for the practice squad and that's where he resides on Carolina's roster. Southward also was on the Panthers' practice squad in 2017, although he was briefly signed to the active roster and appeared in one game before being waived and signed back to the practice squad. Southward has appeared in just four games, with one tackle, since he played in all 16 games as a rookie with the Falcons. He also was briefly with Indianapolis in 2016, placed on IR before the start of the season.
Rick Wagner, OT, Detroit Lions
Wagner left Baltimore, which drafted him in the fifth round in 2013, to sign a lucrative contract with Detroit. Implanted as the Lions' starting right tackle, Wagner allowed six sacks in 2018 -- he gave up seven in four years and 62 games with the Ravens. Nevertheless, Wagner is back in Year 2 with Detroit as the starter at right tackle.
Derek Watt, FB, Los Angeles Chargers
Yes, the Chargers use a fullback. At least on occasion. For the second straight season, Watt, a sixth-round pick in 2016, appeared in 142 offensive snaps (only twice last year was he in on at least 20 percent of the plays in a game, with a high of 22.4 percent). Used mainly as a blocker when on the field, Watt had six carries and two receptions last year, upping his career totals to eight and six. However, his time did increase on special teams, playing on 336 snaps with those units. Watt is the only fullback listed on Los Angeles' roster.
J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
For the second straight year the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year is looking to come back from injuries. Watt has played in just eight games over the past two seasons -- recording just 23 tackles and 1.5 sacks, a far cry from his four straight years of double-digit sacks, twice with 20.5. A back injury sidelined Watt for most of 2016 and a fractured left the majority of '17. Healthy (again), it will be interesting to see how the now-29-year-old Watt fares in 2018. We do know one thing, though, and that's his biggest impact has come off the field, raising nearly $40 million last year to help Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Selected with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 draft, Watt had a successful rookie season. He played in 15 regular-season games and one playoff contest, starting them all. He finished the season with 54 tackles, seven sacks, seven passes defensed and an interception -- Watt was the only NFL linebacker to have 50+ tackles, 5+ sacks, 5+ passes defensed and an interception. His seven sacks led all rookie linebackers and were the second-most among all rookies and second-most by a rookie in Steelers history. Oh, and he spent all offseason working out and bulking up (with a 7,000-8,000 calorie a day diet) to become even better. Watt will once again start for Pittsburgh at its left outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.
James White, RB, New England Patriots
Entering his fifth season with the Patriots after being a fourth-round pick in 2014, White has been an integral part of New England's passing attack. For the third straight season he had more receptions than rushing attempts. In 2017, he finished with 56 caches for 429 yards with three TDs and just 43 rushes for 171 yards and no TDs. He hasn't scored a rushing touchdown in the regular season since 2015, when he recorded the only two of his career. But White has 12 receiving TDs in the same span. White will once again split time in the New England backfield with a bevy of backs; this year joining him are Rex Burkhead, Jeremy Hill and Sony Michel.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Seattle might not be the powerhouse it was a few years ago, but Wilson isn't slowing down. Last year he made his fourth Pro Bowl after accounting for all but one of the Seahawks' offensive touchdowns. Wilson completed 61.3 percent of his passes, a career low, while throwing for 3,983 yards (barely missing throwing for 4,000 yards in three straight seasons) and 34 TDs, tying his career high, with just 11 interceptions. He also led Seattle in rushing, gaining 586 yards while scoring three TDs. Entering his seventh season with Seattle after being a third-round draft pick, Wilson has played in and started every game since entering the NFL.
Kevin Zeitler, OG, Cleveland Browns
In his first year with Cleveland after signing there as a free agent, the richest contract ever given to a right guard, with $23 million in guaranteed money, Zeitler started all 16 games at right guard and played every offensive snap. He allowed just one sack -- the second straight year he's done that -- and committed only three penalties. Zeitler suffered a calf injury in early August but appears ready to go for the regular season.