Trait #2: First-Step Quickness
Even though Biegel routinely makes plays against the run, his best attribute may be his impressive first-step quickness.
On the snap, he fires out of his stance, getting upfield very quickly, which gives him a huge advantage in beating tackles around the corner. He’s an explosive, quick athlete that can press offensive lineman on the edge because of his speed.
In this next play from his Northwestern game, watch how quickly he bursts around the corner to get to the quarterback.
The tackle doesn’t even get a chance to set his feet before Biegel is well around the corner, leaving him in the dust.
Biegel’s speed off the edge could be a huge asset in the Packers defense. Having a pass rusher that can turn the corner that quickly puts pressure on opposing tackles and can help collapse the pocket.
In this next play Biegel shows another good initial burst off the line of scrimmage. This comes against LSU in the 2016 season opener.
Starting the play directly over the tight end, Biegel quickly gets around him, forcing the tight end to have to abandon his block and pick up the next Badger defender. Biegel also does a great job recognizing the play action.
As he turns the corner he doesn’t follow the halfback, but instead, makes a break for the quarterback, disrupting the play and throwing off the timing of the play. He gets into the backfield so quickly he doesn’t give the quarterback time to set his feet to throw.
Ideally, Biegel should make the play on his first attempt. However, he shows a good second effort to finish the play and tackle the quarterback from behind.
Here’s another play from the LSU game. Again, ideally you’d like Biegel to finish the play once he gets into the backfield, but in the very least, his speed off the snap is disruptive.
This play may only seem like a simple quarterback pressure by Biegel, but it ended up being a huge play in the game. LSU was down 14-16 to Wisconsin with only a minute left in the game. They were only a few yards from being in field goal range.
Biegel may not have sacked the quarterback, but he did force the quarterback into an errant throw, which led to the game-sealing interception.
The play also displays how quickly Biegel fires out of his stance. He split the tackle and guard, and the guard did not have the time to set himself and pick up Biegel.
However, even though Biegel’s quickness off the snap is a huge asset in creating pressure off the edge, it also enables Biegel to be disruptive against the run game.
On this play against Alabama, watch how quickly Biegel gets into the backfield to blow up the play.
He quickly sidesteps the tight end and then hits the running back three yards behind the line of scrimmage. We have seen these type of plays in the past from Matthews, but the fact Biegel could potentially bring a similar skill set against the run would be a huge addition to the Packers front seven.
Here is one more disruptive play against the run from Biegel that highlights how quickly he can get into the backfield.
This is a clutch stop against LSU’s Leonard Fournette on a 3rd-and-1. Biegel does a nice job slipping the block and then selling out to trip up the halfback.
This play is indicative of Biegel’s game. At times, his play is reckless, but he always goes all out to make the play and he continues to be a disruptive player at the line of scrimmage.
His quickness off the line of scrimmage and ability to get into the backfield may be the most impressive aspect of his game.