Wisconsin defensive lineman Matt Henningsen has gone from walk-on to sixth-round NFL draft pick.
Henningsen was selected by the Denver Broncos with the No. 206 overall selection in the NFL draft Saturday.
As a senior, Henningsen made 34 stops, including six for a loss, and tallied 3 1/2 sacks. In 2019, his sophomore season, he had four sacks and scored on a pair of fumble recoveries.
Henningsen became the first Wisconsin walk-on since at least 1990 to start for the Badgers in their season opener as a freshman. He wound up playing in 41 career games.
At Wisconsin’s Pro Day, Henningsen boosted his draft stock by posting a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a time of 7.02 seconds in the 3-cone drill. (Note: Among defensive tackles in the history of the NFL combine, only two had better times in that drill: Chris Hovan (6.85), a first-round pick in 2000, and Josh Shaw (7.01), a fifth rounder in 2002.)
You can read more about Henningsen’s journey from college walk-on to NFL draft pick, here.