American Football Three Badgers win Pro Football Trophy Focus Preseason All-American

Three Badgers win Pro Football Trophy Focus Preseason All-American


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MADISON, Wis. – First Pro Football Focus Team USA is loaded with the best talent from across the country.

But we can not help but notice a particularly strong concentration of Cardinal Red in the mix.

Of the 12 names on the list, three are Badgers–Jonathan Taylor, Tyler Biadasz, and Cole Van Lanen.

This representation of the triple threat is tied with Clemson for the majority of Pro Football Focus's offensive team, and apart from Rondale Moore of Purdue, she is the only representation from the Big Ten.

And the representation is strong.

"No half-ball is getting closer to Taylor's consecutive series of seasons with more than 1,300 yards after contact and at least 66 missed tackles forced to the ground," Cam Mellor wrote.

"Leading the nation's squad by stalling the race, the aforementioned Taylor has one of the best crash tackles we've seen in five years of victory," Mellor said of Van Lanen. .

"The pinnacle of the central position in 2019, Biadasz has finished 16 games without a single press being allowed and dominates at the next level of blocking of the innings," wrote Mellor, completing the PFF's selections in Wisconsin.

The trio has almost been a package for all seasons in terms of rankings, first teams and projections. Last month, it was the three Badgers who were among Sports Illustrated's top 100 players, ranking No. 3 (Taylor), No. 21 (Biadasz) and No. 55 (Van Lanen).

They also represent Wisconsin in the offensive of the first All-Big Ten PFF team, alongside Jake Ferguson.

"No active member of Power-5 has forced as many missed tackles last season as Ferguson and he is a reliable goal for anyone who throws rock at Madison this year," wrote Mellor about the end tight of the second year.

Ferguson will have no choice but to follow a phenomenal year by another, as the Badgers' tight room continues to run out, wounding Gabe Lloyd and Luke Benzschawel.

And in a way, Taylor, Biadasz and Van Lanen are in the same boat.

There are certainly not as many injuries in their position groups, but as leaders of younger and / or less experienced teammates, everyone is expected to produce significantly this year.

Taylor returns teammate Garrett Groshek, but the next day is uncertain. Bradrick Shaw is back this year after missing the entire latest result due to a torn ACL. Nakia Watson has not yet taken the field for a match after being redirected last season.

Biadasz and Van Lanen will be the linchpins of the offensive line, but after losing three leaders (after graduation and the NFL), there will be many new faces on their side.


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