Packers draft Wisconsin's Vince Biegel to begin Day 3

Outside linebacker is homegrown talent


GREEN BAY – The Packers stayed on the defensive side of the ball with their first pick on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, and they stayed in the state of Wisconsin, too.

Outside linebacker Vince Biegel, who racked up 19 ½ sacks for the Badgers over the last three years, was the first pick of Saturday's fourth round, No. 108 overall.

It was Biegel's pass-rushing counterpart, T.J. Watt, who garnered all the first-round attention as a potential fit for the Packers, but Green Bay traded that pick at No. 29 overall to move back four spots.

The additional pick the Packers acquired in return from the Browns was this one.

A native of Wisconsin Rapids who comes from a football family, Biegel was a Wisconsin state player of the year who rose all the way to second-team All-Big Ten by the end of his Badgers career.

He had just four sacks in 2016, in part because of a foot injury that forced him to miss two games and limited him in others. He had 15 ½ sacks combined in the two years prior to that.

In all, Biegel started 40 games for Wisconsin. His father, Rocky, played college football at BYU, while his grandfather, Ken, is in the state's high school football coaches hall of fame.

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