Wisconsin No. 9 in Sports Illustrated's "Tight End U" Rankings

Jake Kocorowski

Within the past week, Sports Illustrated started its "Position U" series, highlighting the top programs who churn out players ready for the NFL using its customized scoring set-up based on 10 years' worth of data.

On Thursday, the publication unveiled its list of schools that could claim its fame to being "Offensive Line U." Wisconsin came in at No. 2 behind Notre Dame.

A day later on Friday, SI released its modern "Running Back U" rankings where the Badgers came in tied for eighth with Miami. 

Then came "Tight End U" on Saturday, and according to Reid Foster's point system -- which AllBadgers.com will once again show below -- UW made it to the top 10:

1. Stanford, 33 points
2. Miami, 30
3. Iowa, 29
4. Notre Dame, 26
5(tie). Oklahoma, 20
5(tie). USC, 20
7(tie). Arkansas, 16
7(tie). Penn State, 16
9(tie). Alabama, 14
9(tie). Wisconsin, 14

As a reminder, SI set a timeframe between 2010-19 of when players came into the league. In terms of Badgers tight ends who were drafted in that decade's worth of time included:

  • Garrett Graham (fourth round in 2010 by Houston Texans)
  • Lance Kendricks (second round in 2011 by then-St. Louis Rams)
  • Troy Fumagalli (fifth round in 2017 by Denver Broncos)

Graham went on to a six-year career with the Texans. Kendricks has played nine seasons at the next level with three organizations, most recently the Los Angeles Chargers. For Fumagalli, he caught six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in 2019.

Here are more of the system point breakdowns:

Players who transferred during their college careers are counted only as part of the last program they played for. Players are only credited for the position at which they were drafted. Our full scoring system:

DRAFT POSITION
Top 10: 4 points
Round 1 (non-top 10): 3 points
Rounds 2-3: 2 points
Rounds 4-7: 1 point
Undrafted: 0 points

NFL GAMES STARTED
80-plus: 5 points
48 to 79: 4 points
16 to 47: 3 points
5 to 15: 2 points
1 to 4: 1 point

NFL AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year: 4 points
First-Team All-Pro: 3 points
Offensive Rookie of the Year: 2 points

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