By Bill Lund
Here's a look at some of the Wisconsin products who have made the biggest draft splashes in recent years:
Russell Wilson, QB: He transferred to Wisconsin in 2011 to use up his last year of eligibility and immediately established his place in Badgers history. After his third-round selection in the 2012 draft, Wilson became Seattle's starting quarterback and helped lead the Seahawks to the playoffs in his rookie season.
J.J. Watt, DE: Watt was the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft, then was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, only his second year with the Texans. Not bad for a former tight end who transferred from Central Michigan and then walked on for the Badgers.
Peter Konz, G: Konz was selected by the Falcons in the second round of the 2012 draft. He finished his career at Wisconsin as an All-American and declared early for the draft. In his rookie season, Konz started 10 games and seems to be well on his way to becoming the player the Falcons expect him to be.
Owen Daniels, TE: Daniels was a well-regarded quarterback recruit from Naperville, IL, who then transformed into a tight end prospect taken by the Texans in the fourth round of the 2006 draft. He quickly established himself as one of the best pass-catching TEs in the NFL. In seven seasons, Daniels has posted 361 receptions for 4,365 yards and 26 touchdowns.
De'Andre Levy, LB: A third-round pick by the Lions in 2009, Levy quickly established himself as a starter in his rookie season and has been one of the most consistent playmakers for the Lions defense. In 2013, Levy signed a multi-year deal, keeping him a part of the Lions' defense for the immediate future.
Joe Thomas, T: Thomas was the third overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Browns. With six Pro Bowls in his first six seasons, Thomas has established himself as one of the best tackles in the NFL.
Kevin Zeitler, G: A first-round pick in the 2012 draft, Zeitler immediately established himself as a starting guard for Cincinnati. He helped return the Bengals to the playoffs, and his continued improvement will help establish them as the team to beat in the AFC North for 2013.