Badgers: TE Jake Ferguson, DE Matt Henningsen, CB Faion Hicks go on Day 3

Wisconsin saw two of its former players get taken late Friday night and then added three more on the final day of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The first off the board was tight end Jake Ferguson in the fourth round with pick No. 129 to Dallas. He was the eighth tight end taken in the draft and is just the second Wisconsin tight end to get picked since 2012. Ferguson finished his career in the top 15 all-time in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns in Badgers history.

A couple hours later Denver double dipped on Badgers. Defensive lineman Matt Henningsen’s phone rang in the sixth round at pick No. 206 and then cornerback Faion Hicks got the call at pick No. 232 in the seventh round.

A former walk-on, Henningsen was a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a senior when he had 33 tackles, 3.0 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss.

Hicks was a three-year starter for Wisconsin and led the Badgers with nine pass breakups this past season. The Florida native joins Rachad Wildgoose (2021) and Nick Nelson (2018) as Wisconsin cornerbacks to be drafted since 2009.

The duo join former Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Melvin Gordon in Denver.

Several more Wisconsin players landed with teams as undrafted free agents:

LB Jack Sanborn — Chicago
CB Caesar Williams — LA Rams
OL Josh Seltzner — Indianapolis
S Scott Nelson — Seattle