Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Fourth-Round Linebacker Vince Biegel Answers the Call from Green Bay Packers

Fourth-Round Linebacker Vince Biegel Answers the Call from Green Bay Packers

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.

With the first pick of the fourth round (108th overall), the Packers selected Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel. Ultimately a deal didn't materialize and Ted Thompson looked to his secondary with his first pick of the draft by selecting Washington's Kevin King. He ranks seventh in school history with 6.1 yards per carry.

The 6-foot-0, 212-pound Williams ran for a BYU record 3,901 yards and 35 touchdowns during his college career, including a career-best 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

Jones recently sent a letter to each NFL team signed by his doctor, Robert Anderson, stating that he should be able to resume full football activities in four to six months - a timetable that could allow him to play by September, though the Eagles didn't offer an estimate.

When the 2017 NFL Draft was over, the Green Bay Packers had checked off a number of the boxes on their pre-draft to-do list.

In Biegel, the Packers used the extra pick they acquired by moving out of the first round on Thursday night to add an explosive pass rusher at a position thinned by free-agent departures (Julius Peppers, Datone Jones) and McCarthy's plans to move Clay Matthews around.

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MOVING AROUND: The Packers' other second-round pick, North Carolina State safety Josh Jones, has also played cornerback.

The Packers finished last season 20th in the league in rushing yards per game.

In the fifth round with the 182nd overall pick, Green Bay added another back in Texas El-Paso's Aaron Jones. Packers had traded down three spots with Denver for this pick and an extra seventh-rounder (238th overall).

In the wake of Saturday's NFL Draft developments, one safely can presume Kofi Amichia has taken his last spin around USF's campus in his green 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix. The Packers like Williams' strong lower body and ability to make tackles.

Yancey led the Boilermakers in receptions with 49, receiving yards with 951, and touchdowns with 100.

While Jones will have a chance to replace a key piece of the Packer secondary, he could also be lining up along side another member of the green and gold he looks up too. However, Green Bay only had converted receiver to running back Ty Montgomery, Don Jackson and Christine Michael on their depth chart as running backs. He also has a lot of speed, running the fastest 40-yard dash of any safety at the combine with a 4.4.

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