Wisconsin's magnificent front seven?
July, 24, 2013
By Steve Muench | ESPN Insider
AP Photo/Damen JacksonWith a change to a 3-4 defense, Chris Borland (44) and Beau Allen (96) could see their stock rise.New Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda have brought an aggressive 3-4 scheme to Madison from Utah State. The change is not a complete overhaul for Wisconsin. Last season, both the Aggies and Badgers were creative with personnel groupings most notably when they went to their pass rush packages. At Utah State, Aranda mixed in four-man fronts and could do so with more frequency as Badgers players get acclimated to their new roles early this year.
Still, there will be significant changes to Wisconsin's front seven that could get contributions from seven seniors. Those changes could have an impact on each of their NFL fortunes.
Change can hurt players who were recruited to play in another system. Players may not have the same kind of faith in a new coaching staff that may be looking to develop players with an eye toward the future. Whether the Badgers are buying in to Andersen's system remains to be seen but the change in scheme should help some of them boost their draft stock. No two Badgers could benefit more in 2013 than NT Beau Allen and LB Chris Borland.