With the 2014 NFL Draft in the books and the regular season fast-approaching, Badger of Honor is taking an in-depth look at each and every Wisconsin Badger in the National Football League.
We will begin the process with the recent draftees, and our first installment features an unlikely name: Danny O’Brien.
O’Brien began his college career at Maryland, and after redshirting his first year on campus, started for the Terrapins as a redshirt freshman and had a stellar campaign, setting numerous records for a freshman at Maryland on his way to winning ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 2010.
Following his sophomore season, O’Brien transferred to UW, and the whole state hoped for the second coming of Russell Wilson. We were collectively disappointed when O’Brien just didn’t pan out.
He was replaced as the starter by Joel Stave after just three games. When Stave was later lost for the season due to an injury, it was super-senior Curt Phillips, not O’Brien, who took over the starting gig.
O’Brien was relegated to backup duties, and finished the year having played in seven games, completing 52 of 86 passes (60.5%) for 523 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception.
Following the season, O’Brien transferred yet again, this time to Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina.
He completed his final year of eligibility, and entered the 2014 NFL Draft.
After going undrafted, O’Brien was signed in free agency by the Atlanta Falcons.
Matt Ryan is obviously locked in as the Falcons’ starter, and Atlanta rounds out its group of QB’s with Dominique Davis, Sean Renfree, and Jeff Mathews, another undrafted free agent out of Cornell. O’Brien will have to shine in training camp and in the preseason to have a shot at making even the practice squad.