Andrew Van Ginkel Jersey

In the fifth round with the 151st overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins selected Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel on Saturday.

Van Ginkel became a fixture and playmaker on defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard’s unit the past two seasons after stints at FCS program South Dakota and Iowa Western Community College. Initially a rotational player at the outside linebacker position in 2017, he assumed a starting role last season and played in 13 games (10 starts) despite dealing with a right ankle injury through a significant portion of his redshirt senior campaign. If not for the ailment, his product last year probably soars.

In two seasons as a Badger, he played in 27 total games and recorded 99 tackles, 19.5 for loss, along with 12 sacks, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. Those two picks came at the end of the 2017 season—one a pick-six in the 2017 Big Ten Championship game against Ohio State, and the other that flipped the switch for Wisconsin in the second quarter of 2017 Orange Bowl win over Miami.

After his Wisconsin playing days, Van Ginkel participated in the NFL Combine and Wisconsin’s pro day, posting some impressive numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.56 seconds) among other drills.ESPN analyst Todd McShay raved about Connelly’s ability to recognize plays quickly and shoot into the backfield.

“Once he sees it, he is going to go get it,” McShay said during the coverage of the final day of the draft. “I love that about him. He shoots gaps as well as any inside linebacker in this draft.”

Outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel and offensive tackle David Edwards were also selected Saturday, giving UW a total of four players drafted. Offensive lineman Michael Deiter, who was taken by the Miami Dolphins in the third round on Friday with the 78th pick.

The Dolphins selected Van Ginkel at No. 151 overall and the Los Angeles Rams took Edwards with the 169th pick.

Van Ginkel played two seasons for UW after transferring from Iowa Western. He started 10 games, all last season, and played in 27 overall.

An ankle injury suffered in Week 3 against BYU lingered for most of the season and hampered Van Ginkel’s mobility. He still finished with 60 tackles, including a team-best 5 1/2 sacks. His best game came in a 47-44 triple-overtime victory at Purdue when he recorded 10 solo tackles and forced a fumble.

The Miami Dolphins drafted Andrew Van Ginkel in the 5th round, OLB from Wisconsin. Van Ginkel will provide OLB depth and play on special teams, and the second member of the Wisconsin Badgers to be drafted by the Dolphins in 2019.ESPN analyst Todd McShay raved about Connelly’s ability to recognize plays quickly and shoot into the backfield.

“Once he sees it, he is going to go get it,” McShay said during the coverage of the final day of the draft. “I love that about him. He shoots gaps as well as any inside linebacker in this draft.”

Outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel and offensive tackle David Edwards were also selected Saturday, giving UW a total of four players drafted. Offensive lineman Michael Deiter, who was taken by the Miami Dolphins in the third round on Friday with the 78th pickThe Dolphins selected Van Ginkel at No. 151 overall and the Los Angeles Rams took Edwards with the 169th pick.

Van Ginkel played two seasons for UW after transferring from Iowa Western. He started 10 games, all last season, and played in 27 overall.

An ankle injury suffered in Week 3 against BYU lingered for most of the season and hampered Van Ginkel’s mobility. He still finished with 60 tackles, including a team-best 5 1/2 sacks.

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