The evening of April 27 was unfolding beautifully for legions of fans across the state whose rooting interests include both the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. On the professional level, where the Packers held the 29th pick in the NFL draft, an early scramble for quarterbacks left a buffet of enticing prospects at the back end of the first round. And on the collegiate level, where the Badgers produced a pair of first-round picks, a Wisconsin native named T.J. Watt seemed to dovetail with the Packers’ need for edge rushers after a meteoric rise in Madison. “I thought it was a legitimate possibility that I could go to Green Bay,” Watt said in a conference call this week, “but they didn’t want me.” Instead, general manager Ted Thompson traded the No. 29 pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the 33rd and 108th overall selections, the first pick in both the second and fourth rounds, and turned them into cornerback Kevin King of Washington and outside linebacker Vince Biegel of Wisconsin. The Pittsburgh Steelers snagged Watt one pick later, at No. 30, and the rookie has 4 sacks in nine games.
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Nov 25