Hemer Begins Chasing NFL Dream

His football future hanging in the balance. Scouts from 21 different NFL teams on hand. Medford's Ethan Hemer was relaxed at UW's Pro Day on Wednesday.

"I wouldn't let myself get psyched out," Hemer said. "A lot of times, guys in big moments like this will overthink things and changing stances and other aspects of their training."

The former Badger defensive lineman is projected to be drafted in the later rounds of the May Draft, to not at all. He bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times, which would have tied for 2nd best at the NFL scouting combine among D-linemen had he been invited. He clocked in at 4.95 in the 40. In the vertical he got as high as 29.5 inches. And in the broad jump, 109 inches.

"I feel very confident that my numbers showed what kind of player I can be. And hopefully will open some eyes to scouts and coaches here that I'm worth investing in."

There's been two key things that's helped Ethan get ready for the NFL. 1- Is working with long time strength and conditioning coach for the Badgers, John Dettman. 2- Ethan graduated back in December.

"I love being graduated. It's fantastic," Hemer said with a big smile. "Just focusing on training, your diet. Making this a priority. I've seen big improvements because of that."

Intrigued by a select few, Ethan was even asked to do what he hadn't done in 5 years.

"A couple of coaches, a couple of scouts had asked Coach Dettman if I would be willing to do some offensive line drills. What that means, I don't know."

What he does know is it takes only ONE team to be impressed and take a chance on a kid from Medford, who 5 years ago when signing with the Badgers, never thought he'd be working out for NFL scouts.

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