After visiting with many NFL teams, Chris Maragos hopes to hear his name called on draft day.[/media-credit]Since his last football game in late December, former UW free safety Chris Maragos has been busy working on improving his status for the NFL Draft. At the same time, Maragos has split his focus between football, school, planning a wedding and getting married.After the University of Wisconsin held its Pro Day on March 10, Maragos’ life became far busier than even he could have imagined. But his time became less focused on training for speed and agility drills than on becoming a better football player.As a part of its series on Maragos’ NFL Draft preparation, The Badger Herald sat down with Maragos this week to discuss his training over the last month.Below is part five in a five-part series****Editor’s note: Due to unexpected conflicts that arose in Maragos’ schedule during the month of March, this series has been shortened from the original plan of eight parts. We apologize for the change in plans.Badger Herald: It’s been more than a month since we last checked in with you after Pro Day, could you bring us up to date on what’s going on with your NFL Draft preparation?Chris Maragos: Well, I spent Monday and the first part of Tuesday in Detroit visiting the Lions, which was a real good time. I got to see some of my old buddies including DeAndre Levy, so it was really good to see them and then I just got to visit. I flew down right after that to Jacksonville here and I’m just getting ready to visit here tomorrow with the Jaguars.BH: Can you give us some more details on your first NFL visit with the Lions? How did it go for you?CM: Well, first you do all your physicals and you go through the whole medical deal so they can make sure everything’s good in that regard. Then, you meet the coaching staff and you get to tour the facilities and they just kind of give you a run down of the organization and what they’re all about and everything like that.It’s really extensive and it was a pretty cool deal. We watched film, and there were a couple other guys in from different schools as well, so it was great to meet them. Pretty much, you just get a feel for what is going on there and obviously they’re getting a feel for you too.BH: Do you have anything else scheduled with other teams beyond the Jacksonville visit?CM: Well, I also worked out with Kansas City a week ago, but tomorrow is actually the last day that anybody can visit any NFL team with it being a week before the draft starts.BH: What has your agent told you, or what have you learned about your status in the visits?CM: I think I probably get a better feel for it, now that I’m here, than my agent would. But all the feedback I’m getting is very positive. They all like the way that I play and they heard that I had a really good Pro Day.They’re definitely excited about the possibilities in the future, and I am as well. But it’s just going to depend on the draft on what teams like me and what if they have a pick during or around the area of the draft where my stock is and if I’m the guy that they want to take at that time. It can go any which way, so I’m just waiting and hoping to get my name called.BH: Do you have any plans already for what you’re going to do during the draft?CM: I think just my wife and I and my parents and my brother are going to hang out for the draft. I don’t think we’re going to have a draft party or anything crazy like that. We’re just going to kind of lay low with this and just hang out with each other. We’re really just going to try and enjoy the weekend.I don’t think we’re going to have a lot of people, because when you do that can get really crazy. And I don’t really want a lot of people around because you just never know what’s going to happen with the draft.BH: But you do still plan on watching the draft even though it’ll just be with immediate family?CM: Oh yeah, we’ll definitely watch it together at our house. We’ll just keep it real simple and enjoy each other’s company, just the five of us.
Comments No. 4-seed Syracuse (9-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) matches up with No. 5-seed North Carolina (7-6, 1-3) for the second time this season in the play-in round of the ACC tournament on Thursday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Orange are coming off a regular-season ending win over Navy, where SU dominated the Midshipmen in every facet. UNC is in the midst of a three-game losing streak.Here are the beat writers’ picks for the game Thursday.Michael McCleary (9-3)Playoffs?!Syracuse 15, North Carolina 11North Carolina can take its “home-field advantage” somewhere else. Syracuse probably shouldn’t have been the No. 4 seed. Yes, the ACC is good, and the seeding is directly correlated with conference record, but the Orange should’ve won both of their conference losses. SU blew it at the end of the Virginia game and it started at a season-worst pace against Notre Dame. Sure, maybe the Orange shouldn’t have won the Duke game, but they did. And they showed for at least a quarter that they were better than the Blue Devils. All of that adds up to this: No. 4 Syracuse is much better than No. 5 North Carolina, a team SU’s already beaten. And it will beat them again. See you Saturday.Andrew Graham (8-4)Long weekendSyracuse 15, North Carolina 12AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMiss me with any maxims about “beating the same team twice,” and blah, blah, blah. Syracuse is the better team and on Thursday, that’ll show. Yes, the Orange haven’t won an ACC Tournament game since winning the championship against Duke in 2016. But since handling the Tar Heels, 12-9, more than a week ago, SU’s only looked stronger, burying Navy on Saturday while North Carolina lost at Notre Dame. We saw in SU’s game against UNC how the Orange’s methodical offense starved the Tar Heels’ attack while compiling a sturdy lead. The defense turned it on and smothered offensive chances while Danny Varello dominated at the faceoff-X. The gap between these teams is slim, but it’s easily enough for Syracuse to spend a few extra days in Chapel Hill.Nick Alvarez (7-5)Heel TurnSyracuse 13, North Carolina 9There’s no reason to think that this game won’t turn out exactly like the last one did. Syracuse’s confidence-boosting rout over Navy and North Carolina’s close loss to Notre Dame further sent each squad in different directions. SU is the No. 7 team in the nation and top-five in RPI. A breakdown against Virginia or a better start against UND is the only thing preventing SU from avoiding the No. 4-seed and a play-in game all together. The Orange defense has only faltered once since late-March and the Tar Heels don’t have the firepower to reverse that trend. With all of SU’s top-line attack streaking paired with Drake Porter’s consistency, the Orange should set up a rematch with Virginia on Saturday. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 22, 2019 at 11:56 pm