The 2014 NFL Draft saw five former Wisconsin Badgers selected to play on Sundays for their respective teams. Jared Abbrederis, Beau Allen, Chris Borland, Dezmen Southward and James White all heard their named called over the three-day extravaganza.
Jared Abbrederis (Green Bay Packers, Round 5 176th overall)– Abbrederis has a chance to really shine in Green Bay, especially with some guy named Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football. Not to mention he has a chance to showcase some more skills in the return game.
Beau Allen (Philadelphia Eagles, Round 7 224th overall)–Allen is not your typical 7th round selection. I see no reason why he doesn’t make the roster. A gap-filler, Allen can really add to an already good Eagles defense and shut down the opposition’s running game.
Chris Borland (San Francisco 49ers, Round 3 77th overall)–Borland fits really nice into Jim Harbaugh’s hard-nosed, no-nonsense defense. With NaVorro Bowman coming off of knee surgery, Borland has an opportunity to make some heads turn this off season.
Dezmen Southward (Atlanta Flacons, Round 3 68th overall)–The first Badger picked, Southward will look to be a piece that really upgrades a lackluster defense a year ago. A raw player, Southward is striving to become one of the best at his position in the league.
James White (New England Patriots, Round 4 130th overall)–I could think of worse things to do than play behind Tom Brady. A pass catching option out of the backfield that can also block and protect the ball, White could see more and more playing time as the season goes on.
Five really good players that had some very solid years in Madison looking to make a big splash in the NFL. So who do you think will have the biggest impact in their rookie season?