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On Saturday afternoon, Wisconsin defensive lineman Matt Henningsen was drafted in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos with the 206th overall pick.
The Menomonee Falls, Wis., native went from a walk-on with the Badgers at the beginning of his career to an outstanding contributor for Wisconsin on and off the field. Henningsen was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy in 2021 and was dominant on the field with a career-high 34 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and a pass deflection.
Here are some of Twitter’s best reactions to Henningsen being drafted in the sixth round by the Broncos:
Wisconsin media members
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) April 30, 2022
Whenever Matt Henningsen has come up in conversation, it's hard not to think of Don Davey. Both truly embodied the STUDENT-athlete. Won't find many more accomplished individuals. Davey had 7-year NFL career (GB/Jacksonville). Henningsen now taking the 1st step on his pro journey https://t.co/OtL2tcN5oy
— Mike Lucas (@LucasAtLarge) April 30, 2022
Matt Henningsen added to the list of former #Badgers walk-ons to get drafted. Some of the names in the last decade or so.
— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) April 30, 2022
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 30, 2022
Broncos media members
Sixth-round pick Matt Henningsen is in the master’s program at Wisconsin, studying electrical & computer engineering, specializing in machine learning and signal processing. Excellent measurables. Non-stop motor.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) April 30, 2022
Matt Henningsen said it’s a dream come true to play for the Broncos and with Russell Wilson.
He grew up watching Russ at Wisconsin.
— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) April 30, 2022
It's Matt Henningsen's birthday tomorrow.
Good b-day present for him this year.
— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) April 30, 2022
Matt Henningsen is a legit genius. One of the most intelligent well educated dudes coming here. But says his heart is in football. You can see how his intelligence appeals to Hackett. Never mind his talent. VERY Wisconsin sounding and remembers growing up watchin Russ rose bowl
— Darren McKee (@DMacRadio) April 30, 2022
— Wally Block (@Bucky_Block) April 30, 2022
— Ed McCaffrey (@87ed) April 30, 2022
If Matt Henningsen isn't a solid NFL player for like a decade I will be shocked
— Peter (@88pjs) April 30, 2022