4 Wisconsin football players invited to NFL Combine
Draft season is upon us, and with that, the NFL Combine is just weeks away. On Wednesday, it was announced that 324 college players had been invited to the combine, including four members of the Wisconsin football team.
At the combine, players will be subjected to different athletic test drills, including the bench press, 40-yard dash, 3-taper, long jump, among several other drills. Guests will also be put through drills specific to their position, and it’s also where many pre-draft meetings will be held with interested franchises.
While the movie each player released is king when it comes to rating, a good performance at the combine can get someone fired up on a scoreboard. Or poor performance can have the opposite effect.
For the Wisconsin football program, the four players invited this year are Jake Ferguson, Leo Chenal, Logan Bruss and Jack Sanborn.
For four seasons and with a few different quarterbacks, Ferguson has been an integral part of Wisconsin’s passing game. During that span, he was targeted 183 times, catching 73% of those passes at 11.0 yards per reception with 12 touchdowns.
Ferguson was also PFF’s eighth-highest-ranked tight end in 2021 and their 18th-highest-ranked tight end in 2020. Whichever team selects Ferguson, he’ll get a versatile tight end that plays from a number different alignments and a potential red zone weapon.
For a closer look at how Ferguson is perceived within the draft community, here’s a snippet of what Kyle Crabbs from The network project had to say about him in his reconnaissance report:
“Wisconsin also moved him a lot before the slam; he’s lined up in the slot, in a sniffer lineup, with his hand in the dirt, in the backfield as a back and he’s come to each of those lineups with shifts and moves; he clearly has the palette for a huge range of pre-snap callings and responsibilities.
Leo Chenal capped off his Wisconsin career as one of the Big Ten’s most dominant linebackers, and he was named a second-team All-American.
In 559 defensive snaps last season, Chenal recorded 21 pressures, including nine sacks, according to PFF ($$). He also recorded 92 total tackles and 58 saves or plays which result in a loss for the offense. On coverage, Chenal gave up 19 receptions for 11.2 yards per strike.
In 2020, Chenal was the fourth-highest ranked linebacker in PFF, and he finished second in that category this season. He’s also led the Badgers in both tackles for loss and sacks the past two seasons as well.
Here’s a look at what Crabbs has to say about Chenal in his preliminary report:
“He plays an abnormally high role as a pressure player, showing some lineup versatility to play assaulted in interior spaces or shooting at second tier as a green dog pressure addition later in the games. repetitions. Chenal gets high marks for his character as a footballer and is a visible catalyst of energy for his teammates. With a fit frame and some transmission potential, Chenal will have the opportunity to convince an NFL franchise of his potential to become a more dynamic player in all phases.
Logan Bruss is a very experienced player, with nearly 2,100 snaps during his four-year playing career with Wisconsin. Bruss has taken the majority of his snaps at right tackle, but he also has some experience at right guard.
According to PFF, Bruss has only allowed one sack in his career and just 20 pressures in total. As a Badger, of course, he was part of one of the most dominant run-blocking units in all of college football.
Another dominant linebacker from Wisconsin. Jack Sanborn has 1,677 career snaps, the majority of them over the past three seasons. In 2021 specifically, Sanborn recorded 32 pressures, including three sacks and 81 total tackles. He also finished with 48 saves per PFF and allowed just 8.1 yards per catch with a pass breakup in coverage.
Over the past two seasons, Sanborn has been one of PFF’s top linebackers, finishing sixth in 2020 and fifth in 2021.
For more on Sanborn, here’s what Crabbs had to say about him heading into the pre-draft process:
“Sanborn also offers a good level of versatility compared to teammate Chenal – you see Sanborn scratching and providing touch challenges and he was also able to make a modest number of plays on the ball in cover. He doesn’t present himself as a dynamic athlete in space or a real three-way option against NFL competition, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to see him a path as a starter on the staff of league basis.