INDIANAPOLIS — In the winter of 2019, Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz stunned everyone with his decision to return for his redshirt junior season. Fast forward to today and Biadasz's decision looms as one of the critical dominoes in the interior offensive line class.
In 2017, Biadasz was a standout performer despite having never played the center position before arriving in Madison. He had only a single redshirt season to learn the position before being thrown into the starting lineup. With another strong year under his belt in 2018, the expectation was that Biadasz was destined for a jump to the pros, but that jump never came.
The NFL Draft Advisory Board gave Biadasz a "return to school" grade after 2018, citing a hip injury that required surgery last spring. He downplayed the surgery, suggesting that it was just to clean up his joint and that his decision wasn't based on anything specific.
“It just wasn’t the right time [to declare],” Biadasz said at the time. “That’s all I got for that.”
Instead, Biadasz determined the right time to be now. There's just one problem: Biadasz's play dropped off in 2019, looking less dynamic, less consistent and less mobile than he had in years past. One potential catalyst for that drop? The spring hip surgery that prompted his return to Wisconsin. With it, the same medical questions lingering, deciphering what Biadasz's bounce-back ability is one of the mysterious propositions on the table.
The waters aren't getting any more clear anytime soon. Biadasz strode to the podium Wednesday for his 2020 NFL Scouting Combine press availability and revealed that he wouldn't be participating in any activities in Indianapolis, either. But because of his hip, because he's undergone arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder now too.
This makes two consecutive seasons with injuries that have hindered Biadasz's strength, conditioning and offseason availability. If Biadasz was going to have trouble convincing teams that he's fine moving forward, and that he's going to find more of his prior mobility and stickiness as a blocker as more time passes from his hip surgery before, that proposition appears even more daunting now with yet another medical flag on his resume.
Mix in the emergence of a slew of other interior offensive linemen in this year's draft class and Biadasz's status as a top-100 pick is shaky, at best. He's been surpassed in the eyes of many by centers Cesar Ruiz (Michigan), Lloyd Cushenberry III (LSU) and Matt Hennessy (Temple), plus guards like Jonah Jackson (Ohio State) and Robert Hunt (Louisiana) with others threatening to push him even further with strong pre-draft processes.
Biadasz became a household name over the summer of 2019 for draftniks everywhere, but after inspecting his medicals, the drop off in play and the rise of colleagues, the writing on the wall is that the Wisconsin center may well be doomed for a tumble on draft weekend.
How can Biadasz rehabilitate his stock? It's hard to say.
He'll get no additional chances to strap on the pads and his status for a Pro Day workout is questionable at best. Without opportunities to reignite excitement about his tenacity and ability to sustain blocks, Biadasz' status is likely to remain stalled. Casual fans may be caught off-guard by the time April rolls around, but the concern over his longevity as a pro prospect is pretty daunting two months out from the draft.