You can find Wisconsin Badgers players all over the NFL, each with varying degrees of success. Here's a look at how each former Wisconsin player fared in the 2017 regular season.
Some former Badgers players didn't finish the season on a 53-man roster. A quick rundown:
Jared Abbrederis, WR: Played in 7 games with Detroit before being waived Nov. 14. Had 3 catches for 44 yards.
Marcus Cromartie, S: After being waived with an injury settlement by Seattle, was signed by Houston. Stayed with the Texans one month, appearing in 1 game, before being waived. Cromartie had some workouts (Atlanta, Dallas) but remains unsigned.
Darius Hillary, CB: Bouncing between the practice squad and active roster for Cleveland, he got into 1 game before being released Dec. 14. Signed to Oakland's practice squad during Week 17.
Tyler Marz, OT: Began the year on Tennessee's practice squad, was signed by the Chargers to their active roster but never appeared in a game before being waived and subsequently signed by the Titans back to their practice squad in mid-November.
Sojourn Shelton, CB: Released by Arizona at final cutdowns, signed to Cincinnati's practice squad. Released by the Bengals in late October but, after trying out for a couple of teams, was re-signed to Cincy's practice squad 2 weeks later.
Dezmen Southward, S: Started the year on Carolina's practice squad, was promoted briefly in October and got into 1 game before being waived and re-signed to the Panthers' practice squad.
Joel Stave, QB: Began in Chiefs training camp but was let loose at final cutdowns. Finished the year on Jets' practice squad, but in between also was on Washington's practice squad and worked out for at least 6 other teams (Bills, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Jaguars, Lions, Raiders).
Kraig Urbik, OL: Released in late August by Miami with an injury settlement. Remains unsigned.
Beau Allen, DT, Philadelphia Eagles
Once again part of Philadelphia's line rotation at defensive tackle, Allen played in 15 games with three starts. He finished with 20 tackles (13 solo) with the first full sack of his career, bringing down the Chargers' Philip Rivers.
Vince Biegel, LB, Green Bay Packers
Injuries sidelined the rookie fourth-round pick until Week 9. Played sparingly in nine games as a backup outside linebacker, he had more snaps on special teams (138) than on defense (121). Biegel had 16 tackles (11 solo) and did not record a sack.
Jonathan Casillas, LB, New York Giants
A defensive captain for the Giants, Casillas battled through a neck injury all season before being placed on injured reserved in early December. He played in just eight games, all starts, and finished with 35 tackles (25 solo) with one pass defensed.
Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
An undrafted free agent, Clement worked his way onto Philadelphia's 53-man roster and then as a part of their running back committee. While he never had more than 28 offensive snaps in a game and just 256 overall on the season, Clement rushed for 321 yards on 74 carries (4.3 average) with four touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 123 yards and two TDs.
Alex Erickson, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Used primarily as a returner, Erickson did see a jump his snaps on offense this year compared to last (from 78 to 185). Erickson caught 12 passes for 180 yards and his first NFL touchdown and also ran five times for 16 yards. He led the NFL in punt returns with 40, for a 7.0 average, and also returned 32 kicks for a 20.7-yard average.
Travis Frederick, C, Dallas Cowboys
In his fifth year in the NFL, Frederick played every offensive snap for the fifth consecutive season, this time a career-high 1,065. For the third straight year, Frederick did not allow a sack and he committed just three penalties. Frederick was named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth year in a row and was tabbed Dallas' nominee for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
After falling three yards short last season, Gordon topped 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his three-year career, with 1,105. He also set career highs with 58 receptions for 476 yards and four touchdowns. Gordon finished fourth in the NFL in combined rushing/receiving TDs (12), seventh in yards rushing and 10th in all-purpose yards (1,581).
Ryan Groy, OL, Buffalo Bills
The Bills matched an offer by the Rams for restricted free agent Groy in the offseason … and then proceeded to barely play him. Groy played all 15 games with one start, but got in on just 53 offensive snaps for Buffalo, usually as an extra tight end, plus another 116 on special teams.
Rob Havenstein, OL, Los Angeles Rams
Once again was Los Angeles' starting right tackle, playing all but a handful of snaps before being rested in the season finale. In 15 games, all starts, he allowed four sacks -- which actually was quite an improvement over the nine he gave up in 2016 -- and had six penalties.
Lance Kendricks, TE, Green Bay Packers
Signed as free agent in the offseason, Kendricks played in 16 games and had nine starts -- although he wasn't even getting in on one-third of Green Bay's offensive snaps until Martellus Bennett was off the team. In his seventh NFL season, Kendricks had career lows in targets (35), receptions (18) and yards (203), while also scoring just one touchdown, his fewest since he had none as a rookie.
Chris Maragos, S, Philadelphia Eagles
The special teams standout suffered a torn ACL and PCL in Philadelphia's sixth game of the season and was lost for the year. An Eagles captain, Maragos had 11 tackles, six coming in Week 3 against the Giants in the only game in which he played on defense, getting a start at safety.
Tanner McEvoy, WR, Seattle Seahawks
In his second season in the NFL, McEvoy played in 15 games -- he was a healthy inactive for the season finale -- and saw an uptick in plays, especially on special teams. However, the wide receiver recorded only five catches on nine targets for 113 yards and no touchdowns, and fumbled once.
Brad Nortman, P, Jacksonville Jaguars
Nortman punted a career-high 87 times for Jacksonville -- his previous high was 77 last year -- with a 44.1-yard average, his lowest since his rookie year with Carolina in 2012. Wisconsin fans will also appreciate that Nortman executed a successful fake punt, completing a 29-yard pass -- his first attempt at the college or NFL level.
Dare Ogunbowale, RB, Washington Redskins
An undrafted free agent, Ogunbowale was in Houston's training camp, cut and then signed to the Texans' practice squad, where he lasted a month. He was signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad in late November, but was cut a week later. Washington then signed him to its practice squad Dec. 12 and 10 days later he was brought up to the active roster. Ogunbowale played in the Redskins' final two games, getting 10 special teams snaps and one on offense. He did not record any stats.
Ryan Ramczyk, OL, New Orleans Saints
Drafted by New Orleans with the final pick of the first round, Ramczyk played every snap for the Saints this season (1,037), mostly at right tackle but also with a few games at left tackle. His play helped stabilize the offensive line of New Orleans, which gained 6,259 yards, second in the NFL, and a league-high 23 rushing touchdowns. Ramczyk allowed three sacks on the season and was flagged for four penalties.
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Joe Schobert, LB, Cleveland Browns
Schobert took a big leap in his second year. After being mostly a part-time player as a rookie, Schobert played every defensive snap (1,068) at outside linebacker for the Browns and finished tied for the NFL lead in tackles with 144. He also had three sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles and an interception. Schobert was named a Pro Bowl alternate.
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Joe Thomas, OL, Cleveland Browns
Thomas was the NFL's Ironman, having never missed a snap since entering the league in 2007. That came to an end, though, when the left tackle tore his triceps in Cleveland's seventh game, ending his consecutive snap streak at 10,363. Thomas was having another good season, having allowed just one sack and committed only one penalty -- a false start -- in his seven games.
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Scott Tolzien, QB, Indianapolis Colts
With Andrew Luck out with an injury, Tolzien started all four preseason games for Indianapolis and the season opener at the Rams, completing 9 of 18 passes for 128 yards with two interceptions. The Colts traded for quarterback Jacoby Brissett just before the start of the regular season and he'd play the final 15 games. Tolzien wouldn't get another snap after Week 1.
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Austin Traylor, TE, Denver Broncos
Denver promoted Traylor off its practice squad in time for the Week 11 games vs. Cincinnati. He proceeded to catch four passes for 36 yards in his NFL debut and finished with eight receptions for 100 yards in seven games, three of which he started.
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Rick Wagner, OL, Detroit Lions
In his first year with the Lions after signing there as a free agent after spending four years in Baltimore, Wagner played in 14 games at right tackle with 13 starts. He left a game against the Ravens and missed two subsequent games due to a sprained ankle. With Detroit, he allowed six sacks -- his worst as a pro (his previous high given up in any given year was two).
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Derek Watt, FB, Los Angeles Chargers
A fullback doesn't get too many offensive plays in the NFL and Watt is no exception. In his second season, he got one more offensive snap in 2017 than he did as a rookie, and still that was only 143 plays. Watt did get in on 335 special teams snaps, however. Watt played in all 16 games for L.A., with four starts, and as Melvin Gordon's lead blocker got all of six carries for 24 yards. He also caught two passes for 35 yards and recorded nine tackles.
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J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
A year after missing most of the 2016 season due to a back injury, Watt missed the majority of '17 as well after he broke the tibial plateau in his left leg in Houston's fifth game. Watt didn't record a sack for the first time in his seven-year career and had 15 tackles and two passes defensed.
T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Selected in the first round at No. 30 overall by Pittsburgh, Watt had seven tackles, two sacks and an interception in his NFL debut. He'd play and start in 15 games at outside linebacker, finishing with 54 tackles, seven sacks (tied for second among rookies), eight passes defensed and the one INT. Watt's play made longtime Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison expendable.
James White, RB, New England Patriots
The hero of last season's Super Bowl had a similar season as in 2016. Playing in 14 games (he missed New England's final two contests), with four starts, White rushed for 171 yards on 43 carries while catching 56 passes for 429 yards with three touchdowns. He had nine games where had more receptions than rushes, including a 10-catch effort against Carolina in Week 4.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson had another standout season in Seattle, although he couldn't quite lead the Seahawks to the playoffs. Wilson led the NFL with 34 touchdown passes -- which tied his career high -- while throwing for 3,983 yards. His 61.3 completion percentage was a career low and his 11 interceptions tied a career high. With Seattle having a spotty offensive line, Wilson rushed 95 times -- an increase of 23 from 2016 -- for 586 yards (the second-highest total of his six-year career) and three touchdowns. Wilson was named to his fourth Pro Bowl.
Kevin Zeitler, Cleveland Browns
After five years in Cincinnati, Zeitler signed as a free agent with Cleveland, where he started all 16 games and played every offensive snap at right guard -- despite needing surgery on his right thumb after the season opener. He was credited with allowing just 1.5 sacks and committing three penalties. Zeitler also recorded the first reception of his career, although it netted minus-4 yards. Zeitler was chosen by Browns players as the team's 2017 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.