The Green Bay Packers went defense with their first four draft picks in 2017. They opened day three by taking linebacker Vince Biegel out of Wisconsin.
For the fourth straight time in the 2017 draft, the Packers added a defender to their roster. While they bolstered their secondary in round two and solidified the d-line in round three, Green Bay chose to bring Vince Biegel into the linebacker corps in the fourth round.
The Packers held the first pick of the day again on Saturday. While some quality running backs were still on the board, Green Bay once again gave Dom Capers a new weapon. In a move that pleased Wisconsin fans, the 108th pick went to Biegel, the former Badger and lifelong Packers fan.
Biegel displayed an incredible motor at Wisconsin, but battled through injuries to stay on the field. He put together solid performances as a sophomore, junior, and senior, earning all-conference honors in each of those seasons. Over that three-year period, he recorded 27 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.
At 6’3” and 246 pounds, he’s slightly undersized for a linebacker. But what he lacks in measurables, he made up for in intensity at Wisconsin. The question now becomes whether Biegel’s motor is enough to allow him to succeed in the NFL. Scouts have praised his leadership and personality, which will hopefully make Biegel a good teammate on the Packers.
At the very least, Green Bay adds a popular player who has an evident passion for playing football. Even though Biegel might not make major impacts, he’ll find a niche with Green Bay. He could become a solid situational pass rusher, but will likely play second fiddle to the established veterans on the team. The Packers are building a young defense, and the former Badger will get his chance to prove his worth throughout the season.