Cream of the crop

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The first three days of voting for the All-Bielema Team produced some runaway winners. QB Russell Wilson, RB Montee Ball and FB Bradie Ewing each garnered better than 80 percent of the votes on Facebook. I'm thinking our next position group won't be as clear-cut.

A total of five former Badger tight ends have been taken in the last six NFL Drafts. The three most recent of those, Travis Beckum, Garrett Graham and Lance Kendricks, all played for head coach Bret Bielema. That trio is so good that Jacob Pedersen, a second-team All-Big Ten choice last year whose eight TD catches were tied for second-most among TEs in the country last year, didn't make the finalist list.

The Tight End Candidates:

Thumbnail image for Beckum_Travis_OSU1_07.jpgTravis Beckum (2006-08)
2007 John Mackey Award finalist ... 2007 first-team All-American ... led nation's tight ends with 982 receiving yards in 2007 ... that was a school record for TEs ... also set school TEs record for catches in a season with 75 in 2007 ... 2006 semifinalist for John Mackey Award ... 2006 second-team All-American ... senior season cut short by leg injury ... career totals of 159 receptions (3rd in school history), 2,149 receiving yards (3rd) and 11TDs ... also had seven career 100-yard receiving games ... drafted in the third round by the New York Giants and has 26 career receptions in three NFL seasons


Graham_Garrett_Miami_09_4.jpgGarrett Graham (2006-09)
Two-time first-team All-Big Ten choice ... 2009 honorable mention All-American ... led Badgers in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs in 2008 and '09 ... career totals of 1,492 receiving yards (12th in school history), 121 receptions (T7th) and 16 TDs (T6th) ... drafted in the fourth round by the Houston Texans and has played in 13 games in two seasons



Kendricks_Lance_SJSU_10.jpgLance Kendricks (2007-10)
2010 John Mackey Award finalist ... 2010 first-team All-American ... 663 receiving yards in 2010, third-best among nation's TEs ... led Badgers in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs as a senior ... career totals of 78 receptions, 1,160 receiving yards (18th in school history) and eight TDs ... drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Rams, starting 10 games and making 28 catches as a rookie




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