2017 NFL Draft Kansas City Chiefs Scouting Reports: Vince Biegel

Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Vince Biegel. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs draft prospect Vince Biegel. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas City Chiefs have shown a clear interest in linebackers in the 2017 NFL Draft. Vince Biegel of Wisconsin is an interesting candidate.

The 2016 season was definitely a disappointing one for the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker corps. The interior group struggled to stop the run, while the outside backers weren’t able to consistently pressure quarterbacks. There were several reasons for that, but it doesn’t mean the team shouldn’t be looking for new blood. Vince Biegel of Wisconsin could be that new blood.

The addition of Bennie Logan in Free Agency should help the Chiefs interior linebackers against the run. However, Kansas City does appear to still be in the market for help at inside linebacker. The team recently hosted Rey Maualuga for a visit. The team has also met with several prospects during the draft process.

From my perspective, I still see Ramik Wilson and Justin March-Lillard as the future starters for the Chiefs. However, Derrick Johnson is still available to the team though age and injury are catching up. Of course, there is almost always room to add talent when it comes to the linebacker position.

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If the Chiefs are looking for a good developmental or depth player, then one who can play inside or outside linebacker would be ideal. However, there aren’t a ton of players out there that bring that kind of versatility. KC does have a guy in Frank Zombo who currently fits that description, but a long-term option would be desirable.

Vince Biegel – LB – Wisconsin

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It might be cliche to say, but the best way to sum up Vince Biegel is “he’s a football player”. Biegel is one of those players who seems to perform beyond his capabilities when you put him on the field. The linebacker filled whatever need the Badgers had for him on defense. The benefit of that is Biegel is now a versatile linebacker that teams can utilize in a number of ways.

Vince Biegel is a smart football player who sees everything on the field. Able to quickly diagnose a play, and has the athleticism to get in place to stop it. A hard hitter who is noted for his motor and intensity. Biegel spent a lot of time in coverage and has excelled in that role. He is also valuable as a pass rusher, posting 99 pressures over a two year span according to PFF.

Oh, and what a Mullet!!!!

While Vince Biegel does have the athleticism to move about the field, it’s not enough to rely on in traffic. Biegel doesn’t possess the size to be utilized on the outside consistently. While he is a willing pass rusher, if he doesn’t win with speed right away, he can be taken out of the play altogether. Doesn’t have the quick feet to capitalize on changing directions. Can easily be engulfed by bigger linemen.

Ultimately, I see Vince Biegel as the same kind of player as Frank Zombo or Mike Vrabel. These guys rely more on hard work and quick thinking than natural athletic talent. Biegel probably won’t ever be an every down player, but he can be utilized as solid depth. I think his biggest impact would be felt on Special Teams.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are showing some interest in picking up a linebacker both on the inside and the outside. Vince Biegel provides them the opportunity to add depth at both positions with one pick. At the very least, his presence should help shore up the Special Teams which could allow a few veteran players to become expendable in the future.