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|
|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|
|James||Morgan *||Ashwaubenon||Bowling Green/FIU||Carolina Panthers|
|Eric||Murray||Milwaukee Riverside||Minnesota||Houston Texans|
|Daviyon||Nixon||Kenosha Indian Trail||Iowa||Carolina Panthers|
|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|
|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|
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