Cole Van Lanen is staying home.
The former Wisconsin Badgers and Bay Port High School offensive lineman, was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (No. 214 overall) of the NFL draft on Saturday.
Van Lanen is the fifth Wisconsin player to be drafted by Green Bay since 2000, joining Jared Abbrederis (2014, 5th round), Vince Biegel (2017, 4th round), Bill Ferrario (2001, 4th round) and Mark Tauscher (2000, 7th round).
Van Lanen committed to the hometown Badgers as a four-star recruit. After redshirting in 2016 and playing sparingly in ’17, Van Lanen split time with Jon Dietzen at left tackle in ’18 and was Wisconsin’s full-time starter there the last two seasons.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound tackle recorded a 40-yard dash time of 5.01 seconds and 22 repetitions on the bench press at Wisconsin’s Pro Day March 10.
While Van Lanen played tackle in college he might be moved to guard in the NFL. The Packers announced him simply as an offensive lineman.
Wisconsin has now had an offensive lineman be drafted the last three years: Tyler Biadasz (fourth round, Dallas) last year and David Edwards (fifth round, Los Angeles Rams) in 2019.