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Wisconsin high school players in the NFL for 2021 season

09/02/2021, 8:00am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Bay Port graduate Cole Van Lanen joins a limited list of players to play in-state for high school, college, and the NFL

The state of Wisconsin continues to have a strong presence in the NFL, with 31 players on rosters or practice squads at the beginning of the 2021 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 Alex Erickson (Darlington), Ryan Groy (Middleton), Nate Stanley (Menomonie), and Rick Wagner (West Allis Hale).

Newcomers this season include six, first-year players: , Chris Garrett (Wisconsin Lutheran HS, Concordia-St. Paul, Los Angeles Rams), Quinn Meinerz (Hartford, UW-Whitewater, Denver), Daviyon Nixon (Kenosha Indian Trail, Iowa, Carolina), and Cole Van Lanen (Bay Port, Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers practice squad).

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 Saints
Nick Bellore Whitefish Bay Central Michigan Seattle Seahawks
Beau Benzschawel * Grafton Wisconsin Washington Football Team
Tyler Biadasz Amherst Wisconsin Dallas Cowboys
Vince Biegel # Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Miami Dolphins
Ben Bredeson Arrowhead Michigan New York Giants
Brandon Brooks Milwaukee Riverside Miami (OH) Philadelphia Eagles
Derek Carrier * Edgerton Beloit College Las Vegas Raiders
Daurice Fountain Madison Memorial Northern Iowa Kansas City Chiefs
Chris Garrett Concordia-St. Paul Wisconsin Lutheran Los Angeles Rams
Melvin Gordon III Kenosha Bradford Wisconsin Denver Broncos
Shelby Harris Homestead Illinois State Denver Broncos
Alec Ingold Bay Port Wisconsin Las Vegas Raiders
A.J. Klein Kimberly Iowa State Buffalo Bills
Quinn Meinerz Hartford UW-Whitewater Denver Broncos
James Morgan * Ashwaubenon Bowling Green/FIU Carolina Panthers
Eric Murray Milwaukee Riverside Minnesota Houston Texans
Daviyon Nixon Kenosha Indian Trail Iowa Carolina Panthers
Dare Ogunbowale Marquette Wisconsin Jacksonville Jaguars
Ryan Ramczyk Stevens Point Wisconsin New Orleans Saints
Max Scharping Green Bay Southwest Northern Illinois Houston Texans
Joe Schobert Waukesha West Wisconsin Pittsburgh Steelers
Jordan Steckler * Two Rivers Northern Illinois Cleveland Browns
Cole Van Lanen * Bay Port Wisconsin Green Bay Packers
J.J. Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Arizona Cardinals
Derek Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Pittsburgh Steelers
T.J. Watt Pewaukee Wisconsin Pittsburgh Steelers
Trae Waynes Kenosha Bradford Michigan State Cincinnatti Bengals
Kristian Welch Iola-Scandinavia Iowa State Baltimore Ravens
Robert Windsor # Fond du Lac Penn State Indianapolis Colts
Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Baltimore Ravens
* - 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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