The Green Bay Packers got their much-needed edge rusher at the beginning of the fourth round, grabbing Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel.
The name may not be as recognizable as that of Badgers linebacker T.J. Watt, who went in the first round to Pittsburgh, but Biegel was more productive throughout the entirety of his college career. If you’re a Badgers fan, then you know Biegel broke his foot during the 2016 season. He missed two games and was limited for several others.
In 2015, Biegel really showed what he could do, notching 66 tackles, including 14 for loss and eight sacks. If the foot injury is heeled and the Packers can get that Vince Biegel on the field, then they potentially have themselves a steal.
You’ve got a guy with leadership capabilities, who is a sound tackler and a good pass rusher. Of course, he’s a bit undersized (6-3, 246), which is part of the reason he was still available in the fourth round.
NFL.com says: Effort-based worker bee with edge-setting hands and attitude, but a lack of power that could lead to inconsistency in play. Biegel’s football character is off-the-charts and he can be counted on to put the effort into improving in areas that need work. He lacks individual rush talent but could be a good fit for teams utilizing exotic rush packages. Average NFL ceiling but has the demeanor and traits of a potential special teams demon.