The Green Bay Packers have high hopes that their fourth-round draft pick, Wisconsin’s Vince Biegel, will develop into a premier edge rusher. As of now though, Biegel has packed only 246 pounds on his 6’3” frame. Is that enough?
Below are the 14 linebackers who had eight or more sacks in 2016, along with their team, height, weight and number of sacks.
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What is to be made of this? Player height fits into a fairly tight range from 6’1″ through 6’5”. It’s almost a perfect bell curve, with the most common height being 6’3” – Vince Biegel’s height.
Weights are more spread out, with six players coming in at 250 or under and six at 265. The four top edge rushers in terms of sacks, include three players at 250 or under – Biegel is listed at 246 pounds.
The first thing I’d conclude is that Biegel has enough size to be a top edge rusher. If he adds about nine pounds over the next couple years, which is a reasonable expectation, this would put him at an optimum size – the exact size of Clay Matthews: 6’3” and 255 pounds.
My second reaction is that weight is not as good a predictor of edge rush success as is strength. Five of the above guys don’t appear to have done the bench press at the NFL Combine or at a pro day event. Of those who did, the strongest ones were: Vic Beasley and Nick Perry, at 35 reps each, followed by Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo at 31. At the bottom is Terrell Suggs (19) and (surprisingly) Von Miller, who did 21 reps – the same number as Vince Biegel.
Biegel has a good foundation for becoming a fine edge rusher, though to get there he should put in more time in the weight room in the next few years.
As an example of how successfully one can add muscle mass to a 6’3” frame, when Clay Matthews participated in the 2009 NFL Combine, he weighed in at 240 pounds.
On the other hand, it took Nick Perry five long years to get great results out of his tremendous strength. Perry has slimmed down by six pounds from his 2012 weight of 271 – he’s a super all-around athlete.
Even without considering any stats, you gotta love this highlight reel and Biegel’s quickness.