Guard | Wisconsin | Senior
Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 309 pounds
2018: Started all 13 games at left guard; helped a rushing attack that led the conference and ranked sixth in FBS, averaging 273.4 yards per game; blocked for First-Team All-American RB Jonathan Taylor, who led the nation in rushing with 2,194 yards
Career: Made a school-record 54 starts for the Badgers over four seasons – 14 at left tackle, 24 at left guard and 16 at center; his 54 starts ranked No. 2 all-time in the Big Ten behind Ohio State’s Billy Price (55 starts from 2014-17); part of a senior class that went 42-12 and 4-0 in bowl games
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Summary: Deiter attended Genoa Area High School in Genoa, Ohio, where he played both offensive and defensive line. As a senior, he ranked second on the team with 42 solo tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks; on offensive line that season, he earned the Associated Press District IV Lineman of the Year and Great Lakes Region Lineman of the Year honors.
He redshirted at Wisconsin in 2014 and became a full-time starter for the Badgers in 2015, making seven starts at left guard and six at center. Deiter played a reliable role on an injury-ridden line that used seven different starting combinations during the 2015 season.
Deiter excelled over the next three seasons at Wisconsin. He was named First-Team All-America and was the 2018 Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.
NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein praised Deiter’s work ethic, saying he is a “durable, lunch-pail guy who answers the bell each week.” Among his strengths were that he has “good leg drive into double teams and down blocks,” and “finishes with vigor once he gets the upper hand.”
“Dieter’s experience in a variety of pro-style rushing schemes and his overall technique work are in his favor, while his experience across the line offers flexibility that could lock him into an NFL roster as an early backup with the potential to step in and start if needed,” Zierlein said.
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Stacking up: The Athletic’s Dane Brugler ranked Deiter as this year’s top interior offensive lineman but was not ranked by NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.
Wisconsin reputation: While at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, Deiter was asked about Wisconsin’s reputation that its offensive linemen “seem to transition so well” to the pros.
“We run the same offenses usually, pro-style stuff. Talking with teams, a lot of the same techniques, a lot of times the same verbiage, we’re already comfortable getting there,” Deiter said. “Obviously, you still have to perform, you still have to play against the best competition. But you already have a leg up. There’s a bunch of other teams, too. It’s just kind of our bread and butter. We still run the pro-style offense, and I think it helps on the mental side.”