#1 Overall Center by Football Addicts
Weight: 315 Lbs
Tyler Biadasz played for Amherst High School in Amherst, Wisconsin and 247Sports rated him as a 3-star prospect in 2015. Biadasz actually played defensive end in high school, and was recruited by Illinois State, South Dakota State, and of course Wisconsin. He would commit to the Badgers on June 8th, 2015 after attending a Wisconsin camp in late May.
Biadasz would redshirt his true freshman year, but go on to start all 14 games for the Badgers during his redshirt freshman season. Wisconsin had an all-star line up across their offensive line that year. With NFL names like David Edwards, Michael Dieter, and Beau Benzschawel, the Badgers would lead the Big Ten in rushing with 223 yards a game. Wisconsin would go undefeated before facing Ohio State in the Big-Ten Championship game, where they would lose 27-21. With a 12-1 season, the Badgers were 7th in the nation and get to play in the Orange Bowl where they would beat Miami (FL) 34-24.
In 2018 Wisconsin would still be a powerhouse rushing attack, having four of its five offensive linemen voted as first team All Big-10. The Badgers would rush for over 273 yards a game, and Jonathan Taylor would walk away with the Doak Walker award thanks to Biadasz and Co. Tyler would be rated as Pro Football Focus’ top center of 2018 with a 88.7 overall grade. Though he considered forgoing his junior and senior season for the draft, the NFL Draft Advisory Committee said it would be best to return to school.
And return to school he did. As a redshirt junior, Biadasz would now be the captain of the Badgers offensive line. Once again they would block amazingly, averaging just over 233 rushing yards a game. Jonathan Taylor would repeat as the Doak Walker award winner, but Biadasz would take home his own trophy as well. He would win the Remington Award for best center in college football, as well as being voted Unanimous first team All-American. After an amazing redshirt junior year, Tyler chose to forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
Strengths and Weaknesses
He is a proven workhorse after leading the Badgers to multiple 200 yard averages and allowing Taylor to win back to back Doak Walker awards. I believe he could play at guard as well if needed, is a monster when pulling. He flashes a good understanding of the game, and rarely gets confused by defensive stunts, which is important from your center.
Being in the Wisconsin offense, it is no surprise Biadasz is a great run blocker. He keeps his feet moving and his body low when coming out of his stance. His upper body strength makes it very easy for him to create holes for the ball carrier. He can pass protect as well, maintains a good pocket for the quarterback to work with.
I would like to see him complete his first blocks better before moving onto his next guy. He sometimes will just jab at defender, move onto another target, and the first defender will get the tackle. He gets pushed to the ground too easily and often for my liking, whether it’s being too low or a lack of strength I can’t really tell. He is a little undersized as far as arm length goes, even though it hasn’t stopped him from being a great blocker.
NFL Draft Projection/NFL Player Comp
NFL Draft Projection
Biadasz is a game changing offensive lineman, and gives your team an instant boost in talent and depth. Being on the interior, he could be looked over by some teams, but I don’t believe he falls out of the first round. He is my 16th best player overall on my latest NFL Big Board, and I think picks 18-23 will be prime candidates for a player like Biadasz.
I currently have the Buffalo Bills selecting Biadasz 22nd overall to help bolster this interior of the offensive line. The Bills really have to scramble to replace Eric Wood when he surprisingly had to retire, and bringing him in will fill that role completely. The Bills have a young QB who doesn’t just like to run the ball himself but needs to be protected when passing as well. Biadasz can kill two birds with one draft pick.
NFL Player Comp
Biadasz has versatility, prototypical size for his position, and the career to back up a first round grade, but the thing that sticks out about him is his football I.Q. As a center, you have to be the quarterback of the offensive line, and be able to see what the defensive is giving you just like the quarterback does.
Ironically the player I see him comparing to the easiest is Eric Wood, formally with the Buffalo Bills. Wood was a solid starter for 10 years in Buffalo before his career was cut short due to neck injuries. Both guys showed that they were leaders of the group in college, and can be plugged in starters from Day 1