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Wisconsin high school players in the NFL for 2020 season

09/10/2020, 10:30am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Brown Deer's Zack Baun and Arrowhead's Ben Bredeson are two of the newest former Wisconsin high school players in the NFL

The state of Wisconsin continues to have a strong presence in the NFL, with 30 players on rosters or practice squads at the beginning of the 2020 season. That includes marquee names such as J.J. Watt, T.J. Watt, Derek Watt, Joe Schobert, Ryan Ramczyk, Brandon Brooks, 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 Bryan Witzmann (Somerset), Travis Frederick (Big Foot), Lance Kendricks (Milwaukee King), and Nate Trewyn (Milton).

Newcomers this season include six players who were selected in the NFL Draft: Zack Baun (Brown Deer, University of Wisconsin; New Orleans), James Morgan (Ashwaubenon, Florida International University; New York Jets), Ben Bredeson (Arrowhead, University of Michigan; Baltimore), Tyler Biadasz (Amherst, University of Wisconsin; Dallas), Robert Windsor (Fond du Lac, Penn State University; Indianapolis), and Nate Stanley (Menomonie, University of Iowa; Minnesota). Also, former Iola-Scandinavia and Iowa standout Krisitan Welch made the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad as an undrafted free agent.

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


First Name Last Name High School College NFL Team
Zack Baun Brown Deer Wisconsin New Orleans
Nick Bellore Whitefish Bay Central Michigan Seattle
Beau Benzschawel * Grafton Wisconsin Detroit
Tyler Biadasz Amherst Wisconsin Dallas
Vince Biegel # Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Miami
Ben Bredeson Arrowhead Michigan Baltimore
Brandon Brooks ~ Milwaukee Riverside Miami (OH) Philadelphia
Derek Carrier Edgerton Beloit College Las Vegas
Alex Erickson Darlington Wisconsin Cincinnati
Daurice Fountain * Madison Memorial Northern Iowa Indianapolis
Melvin Gordon Kenosha Bradford Wisconsin Denver
Ryan Groy * Middleton Wisconsin Los Angels Chargers
Shelby Harris Homestead Illinois State Denver
Alec Ingold Bay Port Wisconsin Las Vegas
AJ Klein Kimberly Iowa State Buffalo
James Morgan Ashwaubenon Florida International New York Jets
Eric Murray Milwaukee Riverside Minnesota Houston
Dare Ogunbowale Marquette Wisconsin Jacksonville
Ryan Ramczyk Stevens Point Wisconsin New Orleans
Max Scharping Green Bay Southwest Northern Illinois Houston
Joe Schobert Waukesha West Wisconsin Jacksonville
Nate Stanley * Menomonie Iowa Minnesota
Ricky Wagner West Allis Hale Wisconsin Green Bay
J.J. Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Houston
Derek Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Pittsburgh
T.J. Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Pittsburgh
Trae Waynes # Kenosha Bradford Michigan State Cincinnati
Kristian Welch * Iola-Scandinavia Iowa Baltimore
Robert Windsor * Fond du Lac Penn State Indianapolis
Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin New York Giants
* - Practice squad
# - Injured Reserve
^ - Released mid-season
~ - PUP list

About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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