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NFL Draft 2017: Wisconsin OLB Vince Biegel scouting report

The Wisconsin Rapids native should make an immediate impact on his future team.

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Football is a fun game, though most of us forget that most of the time.

Vince Biegel has fun playing football. A lot.

A three-year starter at outside linebacker for the Badgers, Biegel has been one of the more steady presences on the Wisconsin defense since 2014. Position mates with Joe Schobert of the Cleveland Browns and now T.J. Watt, Biegel might be the best of the bunch. Biegel comes from a football family, with his father, Rocky, playing at BYU during the 1980s, and his grandfather in the Wisconsin State Football Coaches Hall of Fame.

A bit over shadowed by Watt’s testing performance, Biegel himself had an impressive showing in Indy as well.

Vince Biegel discusses training and NFL teams' interest (B5Q/YouTube)

OLB Vince Biegel

Height: 603
Weight: 246
40 Yard Dash: 4.67 seconds
Three Cone Drill: 6.92 seconds
20 Yard Shuttle: 4.30 seconds (Combine), 4.15 seconds (Pro Day)
Bench Press: 21 reps
Broad Jump: 9’10”
Vertical Jump: 33.5”

Strengths: Plays like his hair is on fire; which it’s a mullet during football season so you likely think it is fire emoji or should be burned off, either is fitting [ed. note: he did in fact cut the mullet before the end of last season — 99.9 percent of B5Q is saddened by this]. Is a solid run defender, has shown the ability to both set a hard edge, as well as string out runs to the outside. Heavy hands both as a rusher and run defender. Shows the ability to bend around the edge for sacks. Solid in underneath zone coverage, can play off-ball linebacker if needed.

Weaknesses: Is constantly out of control. Struggles to break down on quarterbacks and ball carriers in the open field, resulting on subtle movements sending him flying by. Despite his talent and who he played around, the sack production was never quite what people thought it would be. More of a clean up sacker, rather than sack creator.

Summary: Biegel is a scheme diverse linebacker who can play the weakside outside linebacker in a 3-4 base front, or can play the Sam linebacker in a 4-3 front, particularly in an “under” scheme like Seattle, San Diego, Oakland, Atlanta or San Francisco. Biegel will be special teams demon, adding to his value. His optimal role will be as a team’s third pass rusher, brought in during sub packages.

Projected Round: Late 2-4

Film Breakdown: Scouting T.J. Watt & Vince Biegel Before the NFL Draft (Wisconsin Badgers/YouTube)