Won a state football championship, played basketball and competed in track and field as a Michigan prep. Redshirted in 2009. Played all 13 games in 2010, starting four, and caught eight balls for 132 yards (16.5-yard average) and two touchdowns. Missed time during 2011 spring practice because of a broken right foot. Played all 14 games each of the next two seasons. Caught 30 passes for 356 yards (11.9) and eight touchdowns in 2011 (seven starts) and 27 passes for 355 yards (13.1) and four touchdowns in 2012 (10 starts). Started all 12 games played in 2013, totaling 39 catches for 541 yards (14.1) and three touchdowns. Did not play against Ohio State (left MCL sprain). Holds school record for most career touchdown receptions by a tight end (17).
Used inline, in motion, in the backfield and as lead blocker. Gets off the line cleanly (smoother than sudden). Does the dirty work and is willing to mix it up inside -- displays leverage, knee bend and competitiveness. Effective move blocker. Very good personal and football character.
Has short arms and small hands. Lacks ideal bulk strength. At a size disadvantage vs. NFL defensive ends. Ordinary acceleration and foot speed, especially for his size. Does not threaten the seam and lacks suddenness to separate vs. athletic defenders. Lets throws into his body and is not strong-handed. Average strength and elusiveness after catch. Does not exhibit fullback-caliber pop on contact to consider for conversion. Has a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump.
Round 7-Priority free agent
A valued component of the Wisconsin offense, Pedersen lacks the girth to line up as an in-line tight end but could function as a complementary H-back capable of deploying in multiple spots and catching short-to-intermediate passes in the play-action passing game.