Robert Wheelwright’s first game in his senior year at the University of Wisconsin took place at Lambeau Field.
Now, he’s coming back to the site of the Badgers’ upset victory over LSU for an official pre-draft visit with the Green Bay Packers. That’s the word on the street, as reported by Jake Kocorowski of Bucky’s 5th Quarter, who says that the visit will take place next week.
Wheelwright is a tall receiver, measuring in just under 6-foot-2 and weighing 205 pounds. Although his straight-line speed is average, he showed excellent quickness and agility at the Badgers’ Pro Day in March. His 4.54 time in the 40-yard dash will not turn heads, but his 6.68-second 3-cone drill should. He also posted very good numbers in his vertical (38”) and broad (10’8”) jumps.
Wheelwright was expected to break out as a junior, when he earned a starting position, but injuries and a huge season by senior Alex Erickson held Wheelwright to 32 receptions, 416 yards, and four touchdowns in just eight games. Then as a senior, there were fewer passes to go around - the Badgers threw almost 100 fewer pass attempts in 2016 as they did in 2015. The breakout seasons from Jazz Peavy and Troy Fumagalli kept Wheelwright as a tertiary option in the passing game, though he managed to catch 34 passes for 448 yards.
Wheelwright is likely to go undrafted this spring, though he should land with a team shortly after the draft or at worst earn an invite to a rookie minicamp.