first_imgHerring emerged as the starting nose guard in Wisconsin’s 3-4 base defense in 2014.However, Herring missed four of the first five games of the season after going down with a knee injury in the second-half of the season opener against LSU.He returned to the Big Ten’s top defense in the homecoming game against Maryland.And while his statistics don’t jump off the page (53 career tackles and 4.5 career sacks), his strength and mass caused opposing offensive lines to double-team him, clogging running lanes and allowing the UW linebacking corps to unleash.Herring’s most productive season was as a redshirt junior, when he recorded four sacks and 17 tackles (six for loss).Peniel JeanJean’s versatility adds to his draft stock, as he transitioned from cornerback to safety during last season’s spring practices.Perhaps his best game as a Badger was against Nebraska in 2014, when he recovered a fumble and also had an interception.In 2014, he had 30 solo tackles and assisted on 29, while adding two interceptions.Jean played in 45 games in his career for UW, but only amassed a total of eight starts with all of them coming in his senior season.Jacob PedersenPedersen, who left Wisconsin after the 2013-14 season, went undrafted. However, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons the day after the draft.From there, Pedersen participated in rookie camp and offseason organized team activities with the Falcons, but got cut after training camp and the preseason in the team’s final cuts before the regular season began.As a Badger, Pedersen finished ranked seventh all-time in receiving touchdowns with 17. He amassed 1,394 yards during his career to rank 16th all-time in Wisconsin receiving history, with 541 of those yards coming during his senior campaign.Jeff LewisLewis transferred to Illinois State for his final year of eligibility last season, where he rushed a total of 77 yards on 22 attempts.During his career at Wisconsin, he carried 40 times for 202 yards.There will be three additional players from other UW System schools participating in the pro day: Matt Behrendt (UW-Whitewater), Jake Kumerow (UW-Whitewater) and Thurgood Dennis (UW-Eau Claire).Wisconsin will begin its spring practice March 15 and will play their first spring game April 25. Seven former Wisconsin football players with professional aspirations will have the chance to leave their mark this week.The Wisconsin football team will host a pro day for seven former student athletes Wednesday, March 11.The pro day participants include Melvin Gordon, Kenzel Doe, Warren Herring, Peniel Jean, Rob Havenstein, Dallas Lewallen and Jeff Lewis.The event will bring NFL scouts to Madison to watch the participants partake in a variety of drills and workouts to help their draft stock, as well as help them achieve their dream of hearing their name called on draft day.Here’s a breakdown about each former Badger:Melvin GordonJoey Reuteman/The Badger HeraldArguably the greatest running back in Wisconsin history, Gordon rushed for 2,587 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2014. Over his career Gordon amassed 4,915 yards and averaged 7.8 yards per carry.A Heisman trophy finalist last season, Gordon’s 2014 rushing mark ranks second all-time in a single season, only 63 yards shy of the record Barry Sanders set in 1988.At the NFL Combine in mid-February, Gordon ran his 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds, fifth best among running backs. Other highlights for Gordon at the combine include a 126-inch broad jump (third among running backs), the second best 20-yard shuttle run among running backs (4.07 seconds) and the best 60-yard dash time since 2006 (11.0 seconds).And despite Gordon’s collegiate success, it’s difficult to tell where he will land in the draft, but will almost certainly go in the first two rounds. According to’s latest mock draft, Gordon could go No. 27 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.Scouts and NFL front offices are skeptical of his pass-blocking skills and are turned off by his less-than-staggering receiving numbers. In his career, Gordon caught 22 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns.In the past two drafts, no running back has gone in the first round. Gordon will look to change that between his combine performance and his showing on Wednesday.Kenzel DoeDoe, albeit undersized, used his speed and lateral quickness to establish himself as a valuable punt returner for the Badgers, as well as the second option in last year’s wide receiver corps.Badgers fans best remember Doe for two prolific returns. In 2012, against Gary Andersen’s Utah State team, Doe returned a punt for a touchdown when behind 14-3 in the third quarter. The run sparked the Badgers to a 16-14 come-from-behind victory.In the 2014 Capital One Bowl, Doe took a kick return to the house to bring the Badgers within three against South Carolina.In the 2014 season, the 5-foot-7 Doe caught a career-high 17 passes and recorded his only receiving touchdown of his career.Rob HavensteinThe anchor of the offensive line for the last three seasons, Havenstein started 41 games in a row for the Badgers. Havenstein also tied the all-time games played record for the Badgers, with 54.That type of durability will appeal to scouts, and his 6-foot-7 stature definitely won’t hurt him.Havenstein was named a second team All-American at the conclusion of the 2014 season as well as first team All-Big Ten.In his career, Havenstein paved the way for three of Wisconsin’s top-five all-time rushers: Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon, all of whom eclipsed 1,000 yards in at least one season. Ball and Gordon were also Heisman finalists.Dallas LewallenThe 6-foot-6 Lewallen, a Berlin, Wisconsin native, and guard was part of the offensive line that paved the way for Melvin Gordon’s historic 2014 season.He became a starter in 2013, and started the first seven games of the season, but a kneww injury cut his season short. He started those games at center, but moved to guard after Dan Volz emerged as the starting center in 2014.Injuries plagued Lewallen throughout his career at Wisconsin, allowing him to play in only six games before that 2013 season.But after a healthy and successful 2014 season, Lewallen will try to prove to scouts his injuries are long behind him and he is ready for the pros.Warren Herringlast_img read more