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Wisconsin high school players in the NFL for 2017 season

09/05/2017, 4:00pm CDT
By Travis Wilson

Former Waukesha West & Wisconsin star Joe Schobert begins his second season with the Cleveland Browns

The state of Wisconsin continues to have a strong presence in the NFL, with 27 players on rosters or practice squads at the beginning of the 2017 season. That includes marquee names such as J.J. Watt, Travis Frederick, Joe Thomas, Kevin Zeitler, Ricky Wagner, and Melvin Gordon, along with first-year players like Vince Biegel, Dare Ogunbowale, Ryan Ramczyk, and T.J. Watt.

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
Jared Abbrederis Wautoma Wisconsin Detroit
Nick Bellore Whitefish Bay Central Michigan Detroit
Vince Biegel ~ Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin Green Bay
Brandon Brooks Milwaukee Riverside Miami (OH) Philadelphia
Derek Carrier Edgerton Beloit College Los Angeles Rams
Alex Erickson Darlington Wisconsin Cincinnati
Marwin Evans Oak Creek Utah State Green Bay
Travis Frederick Big Foot Wisconsin Dallas
Melvin Gordon Kenosha Bradford Wisconsin Los Angeles Chargers
Ryan Groy Middleton Wisconsin Buffalo
Shelby Harris Homestead Illinois State Denver
Lance Kendricks Milwaukee King Wisconsin Green Bay
A.J. Klein Kimberly Iowa State New Orleans
Chris Maragos Racine Horlick Wisconsin Philadelphia
Eric Murray Milwaukee Riverside Minnesota Kansas City
Brad Nortman Brookfield Central Wisconsin Jacksonville
Dare Ogunbowale * Marquette Wisconsin Houston
Ryan Ramczyk Stevens Point Wisconsin New Orleans
Joe Schobert Waukesha West Wisconsin Cleveland
Joe Thomas Brookfield Central Wisconsin Cleveland
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 Kansas City
Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin Lutheran Wisconsin Cleveland
* - Practice squad
# - Injured Reserve
^ - Released mid-season
~ - PUP list

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