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2017 Schedule
11-3, 1st in Big Ten - West
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4dMel Kiper Jr.

Six Badgers make way-too-early rankings

Wisconsin's Troy Fumagalli ranks high among 2018 NFL tight end prospects. He's joined by a whopping five other Badgers in our early position rankings.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Quarterback Ben Bryant had been committed to Wisconsin since December, but says the Badgers coaches told him he was no longer a fit after Bryant tweeted that he had received an offer from Georgia. "The night before this was tweeted out, I called (Wisconsin) Coach Budmayr to give him heads up that I was given the offer and left a message on his voicemail. I made it clear I was 100 percent committed to the Badgers," Bryant said in a statement. "The next morning we spoke on the phone and I was informed that I was no longer a good fit for Wisconsin and I was encouraged to continue looking for a fit." Wisconsin coaches are not allowed to comment publicly about unsigned recruits, so the staff will not be able to comment on what happened.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt told reporters that his defense at Wisconsin, which is similar to the Steelers' scheme, is helping him assimilate in rookie minicamp. "For the most part, I fee like I'm starting to play faster each and every practice," said Watt, who added nothing will come easily in the NFL. "You don't have room to make a lot of mistakes."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing to watch with first-round pick T.J. Watt at Steelers rookie minicamp - his hands. Steelers brass have praised Watt's ability to win one-on-one matchups with his hand placement. Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst noticed that quality pretty early while coaching Watt. "He had some natural stuff to him where you knew he would be good,"Chryst said.

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16dDan Murphy

The Big Ten's five most indispensable players

These five players may not be swimming in personal awards at the end of the season, but their teams' success will depend on them being in the lineup.

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Homegrown Hero: Vince Biegel

Fresh off of being drafted by the Green Bay Packers, former Badgers LB and Wisconsin native, Vince Biegel, joins Wilde and Tausch for the Am Fam Homegrown Heroes Series.

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Justis Mosqueda, Bleacher Report

Justis joins Homer and Gabe to help recap the NFL Draft and to explain why he loves the Packers selecting Wisconsin's Vince Biegel in the fourth round.

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Brandon Williams, Wisconsin Badgers

Former Badgers star Brandon Williams joins Homer and Gabe to talk about recently-turned-pro Badgers, including TJ Watt, Vince Biegel, Corey Clement and Dare Ogunbowale.

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Corey Clement draft highlights (0:51)

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Forget T.J. Watt, the Packers have taken his Wisconsin teammate Vince Biegel, who some believe is a more complete player than Watt. That's the first pick in the fourth round, No. 108 overall, and it's the fourth straight defensive player the Packers have taken this weekend.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Steelers' picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin; 2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC; 3. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee; 4. James Conner, RB, Pitt.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

New Steelers T.J. Watt with an impassioned opening message: 'We're here to win the Super Bowl. I feel I can help this team win games.'

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Brandon Williams, Wisconsin Badgers

Former Badgers receiver Brandon Williams joins Homer and Gabe to discuss the NFL Draft and the Packers as well as Badger prospects such as TJ Watt, Vince Biegel, and more.

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Vince Biegel draft highlights (0:48)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

J.J. Watt, who played with Antonio Brown briefly at Central Michigan, texted Brown to 'look over my brother (T.J.), make sure to haze him a little extra for me.' The Steelers drafted T.J. Watt No. 30 overall on Thursday night. "He plays with so much energy and passion, and he'll only get better," J.J. said of his little brother.

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26dJeremy Fowler

Watt brothers eye Texans-Steelers tilt on Xmas

After younger brother T.J. was drafted by the Steelers on Thursday, Texans star J.J. Watt expressed excitement about the Christmas Day matchup between Houston and Pittsburgh.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he told Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst months ago that he had a first-round pick in T.J. Watt. So, the Steelers took him 30th overall. "There's a burning intensity with this guy," Colbert said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said the Saints were also considering Alabama LB Reuben Foster and UCLA OLB Takkarist McKinley, along with Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk, as pick No. 32 approached before the other two went off the board. But after that, there was a clear gap between Ramczyk and everyone else. He said they had Ramczyk rated in the top half of Round 1, and all the scouts agreed he was a first-rounder.

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