Vince Biegel is a natural leader who was voted team captain at Wisconsin. Biegel spent his career rushing the passer but could be looking to make a move to linebacker as a professional. Biegel flashes the instincts, hand technique and tackling skills of a future productive linebacker. If you can’t get your hands on Haason Reddick round one, why not draft Vince Biegel round 4? He’s not nearly the athlete Reddick is but he provides similar versatility. Biegel’s special teams and pass rushing experience make him an intriguing prospect with an extremely high floor. Injury aside, I think you’re looking at an eight year pro very similar to his pro comparison, Ben Leber. Leber was an eleven year pro, playing for three different teams. Leber finished his career with 24 sacks, 496 tackles and 17 forced turnovers.
Name: Vince Biegel
Comparison: Ben Leber (Retired)
Draft Grade: Round 4
Instincts/Reactive Skills: Extremely quick to diagnose the run and plays the run well off the edge. Instincts should translate well to an OBLB or ILB position. Very instinctive when rushing the passer, frequently batting down passes at the LOS and using a wicked spin move to take down opposing quarterbacks.
Hand Usage/Shedding/Take-On: Doesn’t hesitate to bang with opposing offensive lineman. Very technical hand usage and plays with excellent balance and pad level when taking on big offensive lineman. Below average arm length when comparing him to other EDGE rushers.
Tackling: Extremely reliable tackler from the EDGE position and should translate well to an inside line backer position. Demonstrates proper form when approaching ball carriers in the open field. He will square up and pop you when the time is right.
Coverage Instincts: Some athletic limitations when dropping into space but his instincts and understanding of his assignment can mitigate those athletic deficiencies. Not a lot of tape on him dropping in coverage due to Wisconsin’s scheme and his pass rushing role.
COD Skills: Shows some burst when in pursuit of the ball carrier but lacks the ankle flexion and short area quickness to stick as an EDGE rusher at the next level. Has difficulty changing direction but hes so instinctive that it can mitigate COD deficiencies.
Toughness/Effort: Team captain and plays like a complete psycho for all 4 quarters. He’s always around the football and praised for his love of the game. Also praised for the preparation he puts in the film room and on the practice field.
Strengths: Hard nosed football player with an energetic motor that can bring a positive attitude to a locker room day one. Adds some versatility to your roster with a ton of experience rushing the passer and has the size and athletic traits to move to a off-ball linebacker role. Efficient tackler who will be able to contribute on special teams. High floor prospect with a relatively capped ceiling. Jack of all trades but master of none.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t really have the length or athleticism to stick as a full time EDGE rusher. Lacks ankle flexion and short area burst to dip around offensive tackles – relies on a spin move and effort to win. Missed 2012 with a foot injury and that same foot flared up in 2016 – rumors that the medicals for this foot weren’t looking so good at the combine. With that being said, hard for me to penalize him based on medicals due to not having any access to that information.