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Packers: Wisconsin Badgers Pro Day Notebook

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The Wisconsin Badgers held their pro day today. Let’s take a look at four prospects that could be potential day three targets for the Green Bay Packers.

The Wisconsin Badgers’ football team doesn’t have any blue-chip prospects entering the NFL Draft this season. That didn’t stop 30 NFL teams from converging to the University of Wisconsin campus to catch the team’s pro day. 

While there are no Watts or Jonathan Taylor-like prospects this year, there are four former Badgers that could be day three targets for the Green Bay Packers in the upcoming draft. 

Cole Van Lanen, OL

The Badgers have a long history of producing NFL offensive linemen. Van Lanen is the next in line to come off the factory line. 

Van Lanen played strictly tackle for the Badgers, but a kick inside to guard could be in his future. He’s a bully as a run blocker and has the athleticism to quickly climb to the second level. 

When Van Lanen was asked about the possibility of moving to guard at the next level, Van Lanen said he believes he has the versatility to play any position along the offensive line.

“I feel like I have raw power coming off the ball…I have a strong punch…I think I can excel on the inside…I want to be a versatile guy that can play all the positions.” 

With his ability to play guard or tackle, Van Lanen could be an attractive day three target for the Packers as they look to improve their offensive line depth. 

Van Lanen did 20 reps on the bench. He ran a 5.01 40-yard dash and had a 1.69 10-yard split.

Isaiahh Loudermilk, DL

The Packers will likely be looking to get Kenny Clark help up front along the defensive line and Loudermilk is a possible day three target. 

Loudermilk recorded 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks during his time in a Badgers uniform. There are durability concerns with Loudermilk, but he has the size and strength to develop into a quality defensive lineman at the next level. 

“I feel like I was able to show that I can play all over the line,” Loudermilk said. “I feel like I’m a versatile player that can play the five-tech or the three-tech. I feel like I can do a great job anywhere.”

Loudermilk did 21 reps on the bench and ran a 4.95 40-yard dash with a 1.63 10-yard split. 

“I felt great today,” Loudermilk said. “The numbers are where I wanted them to be…I was able to show a little more athleticism and flexibility.”

Rachad Wildgoose, CB

Wildgoose stole the show today by running a 4.41 40-yard dash. It’s worth noting that only four cornerbacks ran a faster time at the 2020 combine. 

Wildgoose played primarily the nickel position in 2019. That season he recorded three tackles for loss, one interception, and six pass deflections. Wildgoose has the traits to be a solid slot cornerback at the next level.

“I hold up pretty well because I’m a physical guy and I’m quick,” Wildgoose said when asked how he holds up in the slot. “I’m instinctive…you need instincts. You just need to be quick and aggressive. Instincts are something you can’t coach.”

Joe Barry, the Packers defensive coordinator recently said that a team can never have enough guys that can play the nickel position. Wildgoose is one of those potential nickels that the Packers could target on day three of the draft.

“I’m going to bring confidence, energy and I’m versatile. I can play corner, nickel, safety…A team is going to get big plays from me all over the field.”

Eric Burrell, S

With Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage Jr in place, the Packers don’t have a need for safety. However, they do need to improve the depth behind their two stud safeties. 

At Wisconsin, Burrell was a safety that could impact the game in a variety of ways. In 2019, Burrell recorded 55 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, and six pass deflections. 

As a rookie, Burrell’s calling card could be on special teams. The Packers need to improve on special teams and drafting a player like Burrell could help remedy the situation. 

“I like to excel in everything I do,” Burrell said. “Special teams are how you work your way up…I pride myself on special teams.”

Burrell ran a 4.64 40-yard dash and did eight reps on the bench. He had a broad jump of 124″ and recorded a vertical jump of 35.5″.

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