Logan Brown – Grand Rapids, MI (East Kentwood)
Joe Tippmann – Fort Wayne, IN (Bishop Dwenger)
It is my opinion that Wisconsin secured two future NFL draft picks at the tackle position in Logan Brown and Joe Tippmann.
Let’s begin with Brown, the crown jewel of this class and a 5-star recruit, just the fourth of his kind that the Badgers have landed in the recruiting rankings era, and the first since fellow lineman Josh Oglesby in 2007.
Wisconsin was the first Power 5 school to offer Brown back in June of 2016, and that excellent talent evaluation and relationship building that the staff is so well-known for paid off big-time for the Badgers. He pulled the trigger on Wisconsin in November of last year, choosing to play his college ball in Madison over offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, among many others.
If you were building the perfect tackle, odds are the final product would look pretty similar to Brown. He has it all: a textbook 6’6 frame that still can add a ton of weight, athleticism, the ability to dominate in both the running and passing games, a high motor, and a great head on his shoulders. Brown is destined to become elite lineman at the next level and beyond.
Tippmann, one of two 4-stars in this class along with Graham Mertz, also looks to have a very bright future ahead of him.
The Indiana native committed to Wisconsin just about a year ago over other offers from Big Ten rivals Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, and Purdue, among others. Notre Dame and Northwestern were also interested and may have offered had he kept his recruitment open.
Tippmann’s versatility should get him on the field sooner rather than later, as the 6’6, 283-pounder could capably fill in at either guard or tackle. He is coming off of a big senior season in which he showed a great deal of improvement on film, which largely explains his rise in the updated recruiting rankings. Tippmann is reliable in pass protection, but he is a mauler in the running game and will make his money paving holes for Julius Davis and company.
Wisconsin will need to replace senior guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benschawel next season, and it is likely that tackle David Edwards will make the early jump to the NFL as well. Heck, even center Tyler Biadasz could possibly make the decision to turn pro. Jon Dietzen, Cole Van Lanen, and Jason Erdmann are pretty close to locks to nail down starting spots at this point, but I certainly think both Brown and Tippmann can inset themselves into the mix for positions on the two-deep. Long term, they each have All-American upside and should be future pros.