OLB Vince Biegel
Round Four, Pick 1 (108 overall)
Team: Green Bay Packers
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.)
6-3, 246 pounds
32 3/8-inch arm length
9 1/8-inch hands
21 reps on bench press
4.67 40-yard dash
Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
No. 7 outside linebacker in the draft
No. 143 overall prospect
Choosing to go to Wisconsin over BYU, where his father, Rocky, played linebacker and his uncle, T.D., was a fullback, Biegel had his true freshman season end after two games. He was hard to stop after that, especially his redshirt sophomore year where he registered 16.5 tackles for loss (7.5 sacks) as a sophomore and his redshirt junior year. That season he was a consensus third-team All-Big Ten pick after having 14 tackles for loss (eight sacks) on a defense that ranked No. 1 nationally in scoring defense (13.7 ppg) and No. 2 in total defense (268.5 ypg).
Choosing to return for his senior season after the N.F.L. Draft advisory board projected as a mid-round draft pick, Biegel was a second-team All-Big Ten performer in 2016 (despite being limited or out for several games with a foot injury) and commanded a lot of attention that opened the door for junior T.J. Watt to have a monster season, resulting in him being selected No.30 overall by Pittsburgh.
Equaling the all-time school record by playing in 54 games (40 starts), Biegel finished seventh in school history 21.5 sacks and 10th with 39.5 tackles-for-loss. The four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection finished with 191 tackles in his career.
Strength – A very good athlete with solid production, Biegel is as intense as they come and plays with passion. He’s an effective blitzer who powers through the smallest of creases to arrive in the backfield. He diagnoses the shows good instincts. Biegel has good hip transition and is able to bend and get leverage. He secures the ball carrier showing good tackling technique. His country farm strength is evident at the line of scrimmage.
Weaknesses - Best when the play is in front of him. Biegel has marginal cover skills and will need to show he can back pedal and cover tight ends and receivers in the slot. Over pursues, he lacks the discipline in back-side pursuit overrunning the ball. Tends to get shutdown by quicker more athletic lineman. Aggressive nature can lead him to miss plays. More variety of moves to get access to the quarterback. - CBS Sports
“Wisconsin guys love to play the game. We’re smart tough, dependable guys. We don’t have a lot of baggage off the field, we know what we’re doing, and we’ll be dependable, and those are the types of players you want on your team.” - Vince Biegel