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River Falls,Wisconsin 54022
Hudson Star Observer
Four Badgers taken in draft
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Four University of Wisconsin Badgers were drafted, including corner Jack Ikegwuonu, who was taken by Philadelphia in Sunday's fourth round.


He won't play until 2009, while he gets over a serious knee injury while training in January.

Wisconsin's Taylor Mehlhaff was the first kicker drafted. New Orleans took him in the sixth round.

The other Badgers taken were defensive tackle Nick Hayden by Carolina and receiver Paul Hubbard by Cleveland, both in the sixth round.

Badgers' receiver Luke Swan was signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent.

Ikegwuonu says he'll continue his rehabilitation from torn ACL and MCL ligaments and a bent knee-cap.

Also, reports say he's about to settle his burglary charge in DeKalb, Ill., getting two years of probation for helping his brother steal an X-Box video game unit.

Ikegwuonu says it's been tough to hear doubts about his character. He said the break-in was his only brush with the law and most people who know him don't believe he's a trouble-maker.

Other Wisconsinites drafted

In the fifth round, Seattle took fullback Owen Schmitt of West Virginia, who played at UW-River Falls as a freshman and Marshfield High School quarterback Ben King of Minnesota State-Mankato said he would play for Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League.