Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Former Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer Mark Tauscher joined Lucas and Lepay on Tuesday to talk about the NFL Draft.
What kind of draft is this going to be?:
“…there is a lot of guys, and I think the excitement level with the draft is always a little bit higher when you have, like last year, Andrew Luck and (Robert) Griffin, all these guys. This is going to be more of a meat and potatoes draft, there’s projected two guys going to go high that are big guys. First and second pick with the two offensive tackles, so it will be interesting, but I don’t know how much if it’s going to be as exciting as it was in the past because after a few years that kind of fades away, but it is how the foundation of your football team is built. If you miss in the first and second round, then you end of trying to spend back later on free agency and that screws your cap, so these picks are obviously huge. Your football team over the next five or six years really is based off of how you do Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week.”
Where do you think Montee Ball will go?:
“I think it has to be the right fit. The running back position now, you look at what happened with Alfred Morris last year sixth round pick, who just lit the league up on fire…unless there’s a special talent like Adrian Peterson that you just know you need to put on your football team, I think there’s kind of the perception is, we can find some guy and plug him in and because of the position, and the short shelf life, and the injury potential, it really is devalued, I think that’s going to hurt Montee. The numbers that he has put up and his track record I think is going to be a big positive to somebody. It’s just a matter of can he do the blitz pickup, can he do the things to keep him on the field three downs rather than be a specialist, a first and second down guy, or a third down back, that’s going to be what’s going to be the thing that’s going to hinder him, but all it takes is 1 out of 32 teams to like you.”
Former Badger Travis Frederick is getting devalued by some people because of his slow 40 yard dash time, does that really matter for a guy who is probably going to play guard or center?:
“The thing is there’s so much time, you have three or four months to really dissect everybody, know you have rather than just Mel Kiper or somebody else, you have so many different people looking at you. What it comes down to I think the teams that do it right will look at the film and put 90-95 percent of their evaluation on that, and talk it down to the coaches who have been with these kids four and five years. Does the kid love football? Is he a hard, tough-nosed football player? I think you can say that about Travis Frederick. So now it comes down to, is the speed going to hinder his ability to get the job done at the next level, and some teams are going to say yes.”