The Wisconsin Badgers football team had a lone representative – offensive lineman Rob Havenstein – at the senior bowl last week, and the Twitter reaction surrounding the first team All-Big Ten tackle’s performance was positive early and often.
Havenstein, playing at right tackle in the senior bowl, helped block the way for Ameer Abdullah, who earned MVP honors after picking up 73 rushing yards and 40 receiving yards. Havenstein, Abdullah, and the rest of the “North” team took it to the “South,” winning easily, 34-13.
You can see some of Havenstein’s work in Abdullah’s highlight film below.
It was a solid day’s work for the big Wisconsin product, but many were taking notice of Havenstein early in the week of practice.
Big Ten Network College Football Analyst Gerry DiNardo kicked off the week with some early observations about the Wisconsin product.
— Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) January 21, 2015
Omar Kelly, NFL beat writer and columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, said Havenstein benefitted from his Wisconsin pedigree, a testament to the program’s ability to churn out NFL-calibre offensive linemen.
I have a long standing history of liking Wisconsin O-linemen. I think it’s brand recognition. Rob Havenstein benefits from it — Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) January 22, 2015
In similar fashion, Shane P. Hallam, Fantasy Football/NFL Draft Analyst and president of Draft TV, alluded to Havenstein’s Wisconsin mentality in his praise of the right tackle.
Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein continues to impress me. He has that “Wisconsin O-line” mentality and it shows.
— Shane P. Hallam (@ShanePHallam) January 24, 2015
Havenstein also impressed CEO/Founder & Analyst at Football Gameplan Emory Hunt with his performance on the practice field all week.
Closing out the week, Havenstein drew high praise from Bleacher Report’s NFL Lead Draft Writer Matt Miller, who said Havenstein looked great all week and made some money with his showing in the Senior Bowl.
Continue to be impressed by Rob Havenstein. He’s going to be a starter at RT for a long time. — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 22, 2015
Time will only tell where Havenstein’s future will take him, but all impressions made at the Senior Bowl point to an NFL career for the Wisconsin lineman.