More than a dozen former UW Badgers were at Wisconsin’s Pro Day on Wednesday, as was former UW-Whitewater offensive lineman Nate Trewyn. The D-III football player was in Madison to also work out for NFL scouts and try to convince them that he too can play at that level.
“Obviously going to the NFL has always been a dream for me,” said Trewyn. “Something I worked for every day and this is a step during that process. It’s a great honor to be here.”
Trewyn worked out alongside three of last year’s starting Wisconsin offensive linemen – Beau Benzschawel, Michael Deiter and David Edwards – some of whom may be the first Badgers taken in the draft. The Milton grad knows it was a great opportunity for him to be seen.
“Those big 3, big 4 guys are being looked at by almost every NFL team,” said Trewyn. “So, it’s great to get my name out there as well and get looks from those teams as well.”
The Janesville native stacked up well against them – Trewyn jumped further and higher than Benzschawel and benched more reps than Edwards. But he was about 1/10th of a second slower than all three Badgers, based on their NFL combine times. (Trewyn was the only one of the four who ran a 40 at Pro Day.)
“I mean, I size up with all these guys,” said Trewyn. “I’m able to play with these guys. I showed that during the NFLPA [Collegiate Bowl] game. So like I said, it’s a great opportunity to go up against these guys and show I’m able to play with them.”