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Wisconsin high school players in the NFL for 2019 season

09/05/2019, 2:00pm CDT
By Travis Wilson

Former Bay Port All-State quarterback Alec Ingold is the starting fullback for the Oakland Raiders

The state of Wisconsin continues to have a strong presence in the NFL, with 26 players on rosters or practice squads at the beginning of the 2019 season. That includes marquee names such as J.J. Watt, Travis Frederick, Joe Schobert, Kevin Zeitler, Ricky Wagner, and Melvin Gordon, along with a host of young up-and-coming players. 

Players who were on the list last year but are no longer in the NFL include Marwin Evans (Oak Creek), Ryan Groy (Middleton), Alec James (Brookfield East), Chris Maragos (Racine Horlick), Jester Weah (Madison Memorial), and Bryan Witzmann (Somerset).

Newcomers this season include Max Scharping of Green Bay Southwest and Northern Illinois University, who was drafted in the second round by the Houston Texans, plus undrafted players Beau Benzschawel (Grafton, Wisconsin Badgers) of the Detroit Lions, Alec Ingold (Bay Port, Wisconsin Badgers) of the Oakland Raiders, and Nate Trewyn (Milton, UW-Whitewater) of the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, who is on the practice squad.

A full list of former Wisconsin high school players in the NFL is below. To see past seasons, please click here.


Player First Player Last High School College NFL Team
Nick Bellore Whitefish Bay Central Michigan Seattle
Beau Benzschawel Grafton Wisconsin Detroit
Vince Biegel Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Miami
Brandon Brooks Milwaukee Riverside Miami (OH) Philadelphia
Derek Carrier Edgerton Beloit College Oakland
Alex Erickson Darlington Wisconsin Cincinnati
Daurice Fountain # Madison Memorial Northern Iowa Indianapolis
Travis Frederick Big Foot Wisconsin Dallas
Melvin Gordon Kenosha Bradford Wisconsin Los Angeles Chargers
Shelby Harris Homestead Illinois State Denver
Alec Ingold Bay Port Wisconsin Oakland
Lance Kendricks Milwaukee King Wisconsin Los Angeles Chargers
A.J. Klein Kimberly Iowa State New Orleans
Eric Murray Milwaukee Riverside Minnesota Cleveland
Dare Ogunbowale Marquette Wisconsin Tampa Bay
Ryan Ramczyk Stevens Point Wisconsin New Orleans
Max Scharping Green Bay Southwest Northern Illinois Texas
Joe Schobert Waukesha West Wisconsin Cleveland
Nate Trewyn * Milton UW-Whitewater Tampa Bay
Rick Wagner West Allis Hale Wisconsin Detroit
Derek Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Los Angeles Chargers
J.J. Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Houston
T.J. Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Pittsburgh
Trae Waynes Kenosha Bradford Michigan State Minnesota
Bryan Witzmann Somerset South Dakota State Miami
Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin New York Giants
* - Practice squad
# - Injured Reserve
^ - Released mid-season
~ - PUP list

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