Former Wisconsin team captain and outside linebacker Vince Biegel was selected in the 4th round of the Draft with the 108th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers. A native of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Biegel doesn’t have to travel far to play for his new team.
The former Gatorade Player of the Year for Wisconsin coming out of high school, Biegel was one of the Badgers’ leaders both on the field and off it. A starter for Wisconsin beginning his sophomore year, Biegel was routinely filled the stats sheet over his stellar career. He earned a second-team All-Big Ten honor this past season despite suffering from a broken foot. Coming from a family with a history of playing tough-nosed football, Biegel’s hard-hitting style is no surprise. With a relentless motor and strong technique, Biegel should be a Paul Kruger-type player at the next level.
The Packers drew the ire of some of their fans when they passed on Wisconsin outside linebacker TJ Watt in the first round, but Watt’s counterpart will provide depth for Green Bay’s pass rush. With Nick Perry and Clay Matthews, the Pack have a reliable duo on the edge, but Biegel’s presence could help Matthews slide over to the middle in certain situations. Biegel may not receive playing time immediately, but look out for his max-effort playing style on special teams this season.