‘Expect the Unexpected’: Badgers Players Tackle Pandemic-Style Pro Day


MADISON, Wis. The University of Wisconsin held its Pro Day in advance of the NFL Draft Wednesday in Madison. . . The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis couldnt be held this year because of the pandemic, so Pro Days on campuses take on added significance. . I wouldnt say pressure, I look at it as a positive I had an extra week, week and a half, to train for this. Coming from a 2020 season you know, you expect the unexpected, said offensive lineman Cole Van Lanen. . . There are certain things you know kind of meeting with teams, we werent really able to talk to anybody today you know which kind of sucks but its been different, added defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk. . . No media was allowed inside the workouts but Zoom interviews were held after. A UW spokesperson said 30 NFL teams attended the Pro Day and that the other two requested video. . . Regardless of the situation thats thrown at you, you just have to continue to elevate yourself and go beyond everything that you do on the field, off the field, just soaking up everything that you possibly can and whatever comes your wayyou just gotta go, said safety Eric Burrell. . . Cornerback Rachad Wildgoose, who decided to turn pro after suffering a shoulder injury during the season against Northwestern, posted an impressive time of 4. 41 seconds in the 40. . . I knew I was going to do position work well, I knew I was going to kill that. The other stuff is kind of just repetition. But I feel like the 40 is something that can change based on the way you are feeling. if youre nervous, if youre like having an anxiety attack, I feel like the 40 is one that can waver depending on what you have going on in your personal life. Thats the one that Im proud of, said Wildgoose. . . For fullback Mason Stokke, a Menomonie, Wisconsin native, Wednesday had special meaning. . .

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