Throughout day two of the 2017 NFL Draft, Green Bay Packers fans expected the team to draft an edge rusher. With many talented players available when the Packers picked at 33, 61, and 93, a pass-rusher seemed a logical pick.
Instead, the Packers went for secondary and defensive line with their first three picks. However, they got their edge rusher with the 108th pick, the first choice of the fourth round.
That pick should ease the pain of Wisconsin Badgers fans who were disappointed that the Packers passed on T.J. Watt, because the 108th pick is Vince Biegel, the other outside linebacker from Wisconsin.
Although Watt was seen as the better athlete, Biegel posted excellent workout results in his own right at the Combine, running his 40 slightly faster than Watt (4.67 vs. 4.69) and still going under 7 seconds in the 3-cone drill at 6.92. He also has ideal size for the position at 6’ 3-1/4” and 246 pounds.
Biegel, a Wisconsin Rapids native and former top-100 high school recruit nationally, surely is excited to stay home in Wisconsin, and Packers fans should be excited to have him.