There’s some good news for the University of Wisconsin Football program to start the 2019 calendar year.
Wisconsin will avoid having to replace four of its five starting offensive lineman for the 2019 season, as Tyler Biadasz is returning for his Junior season rather than entering the NFL Draft.
UW announced the news on Twitter this morning, two days after junior right tackle David Edwards opted to forgo his final year of eligibility to take his shot at the next level.
After earning freshman All-American honors from multiple outlets as a redshirt freshman in 2017, Biadasz took a leap in the 2018 season becoming one of the best centers in the country. He was named a consensus first team All-Big Ten player and arguably performed as well as any other Badgers lineman in a group full of NFL talent.
“At the beginning of the season, I knew I had a pretty good shot at the NFL if I could get some stuff down,” Biadasz said last month. “Last year I could compare myself to the centers that did go in the draft. I thought, if I can get this down or these little things, like my footwork and my hand placement and all that stuff, that I can be elite. But obviously it gets more real as it goes along.”
Biadasz submitted information to the NFL College Advisory Committee last month but hasn’t revealed publicly what grade he was given.
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. rated Biadasz as the fourth best center in this years draft class if he left UW early.
Biadasz will have two years of eligibility remaining. Like David Edwards, Biadasz will be in a similar position after the 2019 season whether to enter the draft or return for his senior season.
With Biadasz’s return, Wisconsin will need to replace three of the five starting offensive lineman from 2018 – Edwards and senior guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel.
Jon Dietzen could shift back to left guard after splitting time with Cole Van Lanen at left tackle this season. Sophomore Kayden Lyles could emerge as a favorite to start at right guard, while Jason Erdmann and Josh Seltzner May add even more competition and depth inside. Sophomore Logan Bruss and true freshman Logan Brown could compete to replace Edwards at right tackle.