A look at former Wisconsin football players who began their NFL careers as fourth round draft picks
The Wisconsin football team has had plenty of success sending players to the next level, and the fourth round of the draft has been particularly kind to former Badgers.
In total, 22 former Wisconsin football players have made their way into the NFL via the fourth round of the draft.
Of those 22 players, four now have Super Bowl rings.
Here’s a look at former Wisconsin football players whose careers started in the fourth round of the NFL Draft:
Dan Turk – 1985 NFL Draft, Round 4, Pick 101
C/LS, Multiple teams, 1985-1999
A career specialist, Turk played in 218 games as a long snapper and reserve center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the
L.A./Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins.
He spent the bulk of his career (1989-1996) with the Raiders. In 1995 he started all 16 games at center.
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Michael Roan – 1995 NFL Draft, Round 4, Pick 101
TE, Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, 1995-2000
A six-year pro who played for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans the entirety of his career, Roan appeared in 86 games and started 19.
He caught 45 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns in his career.
Donald Hayes – 1998 NFL Draft, Round 4, Pick 106
WR, Carolina Panthers, 1998-2001, New England Patriots, 2002
Hayes played five NFL seasons, totaling 1,988 yards and nine touchdowns on 144 career receptions.
His best season came in 2000 as a member of the Carolina Panthers, when he caught 66 passes for 926 yards three scores.
Garrett Graham – 2010 NFL Draft, Round 4, Pick 118
TE, Houston Texans, 2010-2015, Denver Broncos, 2016-present
In six NFL seasons, Garrett Graham has compiled 100 catches for 1,059 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He was released by the Texans after a dismal 2015 season, but has followed his old coach Gary Kubiak to Houston, joining another fellow Badgers tight end (who we’ll see later on this list).