Rondell Biggs has been here before. A lightly recruited linebacker out of Southfield-Lathrup, Biggs worked himself into a starting defensive end for Michigan. Now, as he prepares for the NFL Draft, Biggs once again finds himself struggling to be the center of attention.
”I definitely wasn’t highly recruited at all,” he said. "That really gave me an edge. Coming in with All-Americans who were supposedly better than me, it made me work harder.”
That work ethic paid off for Biggs. He became the fulltime starter as a senior and finished second on the team with six sacks. Prior to his senior season, Biggs had only made five starts, had not recorded a sack, and had struggled with injuries. Still, he never got down on himself or his situation and just continued to work.
”Perseverance is key,” he stated. “Things might not go your way all the time, but you have to keep fighting through it. I know that at the end of the day, it makes me stronger.”
Scouts have told Biggs he may go as high as the fifth Round or as low as the
seventh. So far, he has received the most interest from the Chicago Bears,
Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions.
He has received a great deal of feedback from those clubs on what he brings
to the table.
”They like the way I get off blocks and control the blockers, especially against the run," he said.
Biggs spent his time leading up to the Michigan Pro Day training down in Florida at former NFL star Cris Carter’s complex. He ended up running a 4.91 forty, doing 28 reps of 225 lbs. on the bench press, and posting a vertical jump of 31.5 inches. Now that he is done with that, Biggs is back in Ann Arbor working out with teammates and fellow NFL prospects Lamarr Woodley, Willis Barringer, and David Harris. They plan to go through the entire process together, all of the way to the end.
”Me and Dave are great friends. I might watch the draft with him.”
That day will be the culmination of a long football journey for Biggs, and the beginning of a new one. Although there is uncertainty surrounding when he will go and which team will select him, there aren't any questions about two things: how hard Rondell Biggs will work and what he’ll do with his first NFL paycheck.
”I’m going to buy my mom a house," he said. "I'm going to get a nice little place for her.”