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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.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints end a wild Round 1 with a bit of a yawn. But they filled a need with Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk, since their starting RT Zach Strief is 33 years old. Ramczyk (6-6, 310) played just one year of FBS football after transferring from UW-Stevens Point and shunning a possible career as a welder. But he was projected as a first-rounder because of his size and foot speed.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers take Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt - brother of one J.J. Watt - with the 30th overall pick. Pass-rush help was on the menu for Pittsburgh, which needs an eventual James Harrison replacement. Though some personnel evaluators believed Watt was a second-round pick and the Steelers had several cornerback options available, Watt has great size (6-foot-4, 252) and tenacity and tested as an impressive athlete at the combine.


Tarek Saleh, Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers' all-time sack leader joins Homer and Gabe to talk about former Badger defensive stars and current NFL hopefuls TJ Watt and Vince Biegel.

Brock Huard @BrockESPN

My 'Favorites' in this NFL Draft: Person: Deshaun Watson Player: DeMarcus Walker Pro: Corey Davis Talent: Solomon Thomas Grinder: TJ Watt

Brock Huard @BrockESPN

My 'Favorites' in this NFL Draft: Person: DeShawn Watson Player: DeMarcus Walker Pro: Corey Davis Talent: Solomon Thomas Grinder: TJ Watt

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin fans are posing with Paul Bunyan's Axe before the Badgers' spring game. This trophy has been in Wisconsin's possession every year since 2004 -- representing a remarkable winning streak against border rival Minnesota.

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Sophomore Bradrick Shaw and junior Taiwan Deal are both vying for the opportunity to replace the graduating Corey Clement as Wisconsin's primary running back.


ESPN Wisconsin exclusive with Paul Chryst

Badgers head coach Paul Chryst sits down with ESPN Wisconsin's Tony Cartagena to discuss everything from UW football to the NFL draft. Presented by Mendota Gridiron Club.

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First 2018 class rankings: Wisconsin

The Badgers had to address LB in the 2018 class, and the early returns are strong in C.J. Goetz and Mason Platter from within the state lines and ILB Jack Sanborn from Illinois.

Tom VanHaaren ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin currently has eight commitments in the 2018 class. While there are no commitments ranked in the ESPN 300, the Badgers have the No. 24 ranked recruiting class in the country. The staff does have a shot with a few big name players, including ESPN 300 quarterback Carter Bradley, and could close this class out strong to improve its ranking even more.


Dare Ogunbowale joins Wilde and Tausch

Former Wisconsin Badgers RB Dare Ogunbowale joined Greg Scalzo and Mark Tauscher to talk about the upcoming NFL Draft. How many things can you do with a brick?

Jesse Temple ESPN Staff Writer 

Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst anticipates his team's Friday night spring game will be part practice without tackling and part game. He said it would provide an opportunity for several younger players to play. "We'll come back out and play what looks like football hopefully," Chryst said. "That's knock on wood if everything goes good this week." Wisconsin opens its 2017 at home against Utah State on Sept. 1.


The Mendota Gridiron Club

Eric Mott and Karen Mack of the Mendota Gridiron Club join ESPN Madison's On The Rocks to inform fans how they can support Badgers football.

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