5. EDGE Vince Biegel
Packers fans did not get to see much of the 2017 fourth-round pick last year. However, in the minimal playing time that Biegel received, he flashed tremendous potential. Coaches raved about the former Wisconsin Badger and his performances during camps and practices. It is easy to be excited about Biegel.
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The rookie was unable to get healthy after having foot surgery following the 2017 NFL Draft in May. He missed about half of the season due to the injury and wasn’t really able to see any snaps until even later in the season. Biegel will look to remain healthy and bolster the Packers pass rush unit for 2018.
A healthy Biegel could be crucial to a successful season in 2018. Pairing him with veterans Nick Perry and Clay Matthews, as well as undrafted free agent Reggie Gilbert, could give the Packers a solid outside pass rush to pair with their strong interior one. Just like with Biegel, there remains a bunch of uncertainty around the quality and health of this group. Perry and Matthews have both been unable to stay healthy and Gilbert is very unproven.
If this EDGE group is able to take the steps that the coaching staff believes they can, then this Packers defense will be very good in 2018. Biegel would more than likely be a crucial part of that success.