Update: Five Badgers get drafted on Day 3 of NFL Draft

Updated: 5:50 p.m. April 28, 2018

DALLAS (CBS 58) -- Linebacker Leon Jacobs was the fifth and final former Badgers player picked in this year's NFL Draft. Jacobs was taken with the 12th pick, 230th overall, in the 7th round by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Here's Jacobs' bio from NFL.com:

The departure of Vince Biegel and T.J. Watt to the NFL opened up a door for Jacobs heading into the 2017 season. He had earned a starting role at inside linebacker in 2015, starting three of four games played (10 tackles, two for loss) before a foot injury ended his season. Jacobs ended up being a regular contributor in a reserve role at inside linebacker and fullback in 2016, playing in all 14 games (37 tackles, one for loss, one interception). As a sophomore, the former three-star recruit from San Pedro, California, started once in 14 games played inside (28 tackles, two for loss). The previous year, he played as a reserve outside defender, making seven stops, one for loss.


Updated: 4:03 p.m. April 28, 2018

DALLAS (CBS 58) -- Another former Badgers player was selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday. Inside linebacker Jack Cichy was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 28th pick in the 6th round and 202nd overall pick.

Here's Cichy's bio from NFL.com:

Cichy (SITCH-ee) had a breakout party at the Badgers' 2015 Holiday Bowl victory over USC, winning Defensive MVP honors single-handedly shutting down the Trojans' offense with nine tackles and three sacks in the second half after sitting out the first half due to a targeting call in their previous game. That performance capped off a season where he started four of 13 games played, making 60 tackles, eight for loss, and five sacks. He played well (seven starts, 60 tackles, seven for loss, 1.5 sacks) with high expectations upon him, attacking running lanes and getting through trash inside, before missing the final half of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Unfortunately, Cichy missed the entire 2017 season with a knee injury. He decided to go to the NFL instead of applying for a sixth year of eligibility. The son of former Notre Dame and Canadian Football League player Steve Cichy actually walked on to UW, earning a scholarship after redshirting the 2014 season due to the team's depth at the position. Cichy played four games as a true freshman, making one tackle. His sister, Tessa, played basketball for Wisconsin.


Posted: 2:02 p.m. April 28, 2018

DALLAS (CBS 58) -- Former Badgers cornerback Nick Nelson was the first Wisconsin player to go in the 2018 NFL Draft. Nelson went to the Oakland Raiders with the 10th pick in the 4th Round of the Draft, 110th overall.

Here is Nelson's bio from NFL.com:

In 2015, Wisconsin traveled to Hawai'i and beat the Rainbow Warriors 28-0. Nelson was on the losing squad that day, and the Badgers were on his mind when he made the decision to transfer back to the mainland. Nelson was an honorable mention all-state receiver during his high school days in Maryland, and decided to head to the islands to attend college. He played in 10 games, starting eight, as a true freshman, posting 36 tackles and six pass breakups. Nelson started all 13 games in that 2015 season (53 tackles, 1.5 for loss, 15 pass breakups, forced fumble) before moving to Wisconsin to redshirt the following year as a transfer student. He met all expectations in his only year in the cardinal-and-white, starting all 14 games and finishing tied for third in the country with 21 passes defended (no interceptions). He was named first-team All-Big Ten after the regular season after being credited with 35 tackles, a blocked kick, and served as the team's punt returner (24 returns, 206 yards, one touchdown).

Wisconsin Badgers star tight end Troy Fumagalli will get a chance in the NFL. The Badgers alum was selected by the Denver Broncos on day three of the NFL draft with the 19th pick of the 5th round and 156th pick overall.

Former Denver Broncos linebacker Karl Mecklenburg announced the pick.

Here's Fumagalli's bio from NFL.com:

Fumagalli's name (pronounced foo-muh-GAH-lee) is as fun to say as his game is to watch. His agility belies his size and strength, and his hands are among the best in the country -- despite the fact he is missing the index finger on his left hand because of a birth defect. Having nine fingers didn't make any difference in his second-team All-Big Ten junior campaign, where he caught 47 passes for 580 yards and two scores. Fumagalli was the Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP that year, as well, after catching six throws for 83 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Western Michigan where opposing head coach P.J. Fleck called the young tight end "incredible." The Aurora, Illinois native actually walked on at Wisconsin as a three-star recruit for the 2013 season, when he redshirted. Fumagalli played in all 14 games, starting two, as a freshman (14 receptions, 187 yards). He started four times in 11 games played in 2015, upping his totals to 28 receptions, 313 yards, and his first touchdown. Troy's father, Doug, played football at Holy Cross while two brothers played at the University of Dayton.

Former Badgers safety Natrell Jamerson was also taken in the 5th round. The Saints selected him with the 164th overall pick.

Here's Jamerson's bio from NFL.com:

The Ocala, Florida native came to Wisconsin as a three-star receiver recruit after earning first-team Class 6A All-State honors his senior season in high school. He played in 12 games as a reserve wideout (no catches) in 2014 before moving to defensive back (14 tackles) and taking over primary kick return duties as a sophomore (20 returns, 448 yards, one touchdown). Coaches gave him an opportunity to show his stuff in 2016, playing him in eight games with two starts at nickel (19 stops, four pass breakups), though he missed six mid-season games with a left leg injury. Jamerson moved to safety for his senior season, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by posting 51 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a score), and 10 pass breakups.

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