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|
|Vince||Biegel #||Wisconsin Rapids||Wisconsin||Miami|
|Brandon||Brooks ~||Milwaukee Riverside||Miami (OH)||Philadelphia|
|Derek||Carrier||Edgerton||Beloit College||Las Vegas|
|Daurice||Fountain *||Madison Memorial||Northern Iowa||Indianapolis|
|Ryan||Groy *||Middleton||Wisconsin||Los Angels Chargers|
|Alec||Ingold||Bay Port||Wisconsin||Las Vegas|
|James||Morgan||Ashwaubenon||Florida International||New York Jets|
|Ryan||Ramczyk||Stevens Point||Wisconsin||New Orleans|
|Max||Scharping||Green Bay Southwest||Northern Illinois||Houston|
|Ricky||Wagner||West Allis Hale||Wisconsin||Green Bay|
|Trae||Waynes #||Kenosha Bradford||Michigan State||Cincinnati|
|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|
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