1. He Has a History of Injuries
The later rounds of the NFL Draft are where general managers can afford to take some chances. More often than not, we see selections of players with character concerns, consistency issues or an injury. Jason Licht took a bit of a risk in selecting Jack Cichy, if only due to his somewhat-lengthy injury history.
At Wisconsin, he was a productive member of a tough defense. However, his career was cut short by two unfortunate injuries. In 2016, he was limited to seven games of action due to a torn pectoral muscle. In 2017, he was expected to be one of the top defenders in the country, but he never got a chance to follow through on that. The senior captain tore his ACL in a practice prior to the season, leading him to miss the whole year.
In his Wisconsin career, he played in just 24 games and made eleven starts. That’s not a lot of experience, but he still has the tools to be successful at the next level. Multiple analysts pegged Cichy as a second or third round talent, though they acknowledged that his injury history would push him down draft boards. Selecting him may have been a risk, but it’s much more of a low-risk, high-reward situation.