Vince Biegel, LB, Wisconsin
Vince Biegel is an outside rusher for the Wisconsin Badgers. He has been a starter for the past 3 years putting up very consistent numbers every single season. This past year he injured his foot that limited him for most of the season. He played through the pain for most of the season. One of his biggest hurdles for the NFL Draft could be how well his medical checks go during the combine.
Now the reason I have a pass rusher on my list is not so much for his work at getting after the QB. As I said earlier this is a very weak Inside Linebacker group. Vince Biegel is one of the few players I think could make a very successful switch to move inside. He has strength to hold his ground in the run game. As a pass rusher, he has shown incredible ability to shed blockers. Size wise he looks the part and athletically speaking he would be perfect.
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If he can show this week that he can hold up in pass protection, he could see his name sky rocket up boards for teams to move him around a lot. He reminds me a bit of Clay Matthews in how Green Bay can use him all over the place to just go make plays. The small sample size of plays where he did drop back into coverage leaves me with hope that he can do it on a more regular basis with success.
One final note is that NFL personnel executives have taken notice in Biegel for his work beyond just his play on the field. They recognize him as one of the best leaders in the entire college football world. With the very public divide of the Broncos locker room this past season they could definitely stand to have a few more leadership voices in the locker room. I just keep thinking about the fact that over the last two seasons the Broncos have lost their offensive captain in Peyton Manning, special teams captain in David Bruton and could lose his replacement in Kayvon Webster, and then possibly could lose DeMarcus Ware. That is a lot of leadership heading out the door that needs to be replaced.