Madsen, who was born to Eric and Reta Madsen, is the youngest of four children. In high school, Madsen played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle. In high school, Madsen totaled 59 total tackles, including 21 solo stops, five sacks, 18 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles. Despite his play on the defensive line, Madsen had always shown more promise on offense, as he was selected to the All-Ohio first team in his senior year, before he arrived in West Virginia.
After taking a redshirt his first year on campus, Madsen started 13 games in 2009, and 12 games in 2010. As a redshirt junior in 2011, Madsen once again logged 13 starts, and earned himself All-Big East second-team honors. He was named the team’s offensive player of the week for his performance against Maryland. Before his senior year, Madsen was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, which is presented to the nation’s best center. Madsen started 12 games as a senior, but was ruled academically ineligible for the team’s bowl game. He was named to the All-Big 12 second-team.
Possess a solid, athletic frame. Very consistent with his shotgun snap. Is quick laterally, works well in short areas. Gets to the second level. Consistent in his aiming point, stays within the defender's frame.
Doesn't deliver much of a jolt on contact, soft hands. Can get pushed back by stronger defensive tackles. Struggles to re-anchor. Feet can get heavy in his pass set. Not a sound cut blocker. Will get caught watching plays.
Madsen has been a four-year starter for an extremely product Mountaineer offense. He has a solid build for the position, works well laterally, and can get to the second level. However, since Madsen isn't the greatest athlete, he's going to need to get stronger in order to compete at the next level.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.