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Fumagalli-Pro Day advance

Former UW tight end Troy Fumagalli participates in the bench press on Friday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.


The University of Wisconsin's draft prospects are set to take their shot at impressing NFL scouts Wednesday during the Badgers' Pro Day at the McClain Center.

For some, it's another chance to improve after performances at all-star games or the NFL Combine. For others, Wednesday serves as their one and only shot to convince decision-makers that they have what it takes to physically compete at the next level.

Here's what you need to know about the event:

Who will participate?

Per a UW official, every senior who finished last season with the Badgers will take part in the event with the exception of defensive end Chikwe Obasih, who's not pursuing an NFL career.

That includes outside linebackers Garret Dooley and Leon Jacobs, defensive ends Alec James and Conor Sheehy, safeties Natrell Jamerson and Joe Ferguson, cornerbacks Derrick Tindal and Lubern Figaro, tight end Troy Fumagalli, inside linebacker Jack Cichy, running back Rachid Ibrahim and fullback Austin Ramesh.

Junior cornerback Nick Nelson is also expected to attend after entering the NFL Draft early. Nelson, Dooley, Jacobs, Jamerson, Fumagalli and Cichy attended the NFL Combine earlier this month.

Not every prospect will participate in every event. Those who performed well at the combine may let many of their numbers stand. Cichy's still recovering from an ACL tear and isn't expected to participate in running or agility drills.

How many scouts will be there?

We won't know the exact number until Wednesday, but all 32 teams were represented at UW's Pro Day last year, with 65 total NFL personnel members present.

Those who attended in 2017 included Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and former Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson. The Steelers went on to draft former UW outside linebacker T.J. Watt in the first round.

How did UW's prospects perform at the Combine?

Both Jamerson and Jacobs stood out and helped their draft stock.

Jamerson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds and completed 25 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, tied for the most of any defensive back at the event.

Jacobs did 26 bench reps, tied for fourth among edge rushers, and recorded the fastest 40-yard dash at his position with a time of 4.48.

No one seemed to hurt themselves significantly, but the others who performed in Indianapolis may try to improve some of their numbers Wednesday.

Who could help themselves the most?

Cornerback Derrick Tindal may have the talent of a late-round draft pick, but he wasn't invited to the combine and didn't play in any all-star games.

If he impresses Wednesday, it could boost his chances of begin selected or at least becoming a priority free agent.

Really, though, any prospect who didn't have an opportunity to perform at the combine could help themselves tremendously with a good outing Wednesday.

What can we expect when the NFL Draft finally arrives?

The NFL Draft is set for April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

There aren't any former UW players expected to be taken in the first round this year, and Nelson appears to be the only one projected to go off the board on Day 2 (Rounds 2 and 3).

Fumagalli will almost certainly be drafted at some point, while Cichy, Jacobs, Dooley and Jamerson also hold significant hope of being selected. Tindal, Ramesh and others could hold out hope in the later rounds and eventually sign as free agents after the draft concludes.