Packers draft profiles: Day 3

Bob McGinn
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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VINCE BIEGEL (Round 4, 108 overall), OLB, 6-3, 245, Wisconsin

Wisconsin linebacker Vince Biegel (47) goes after Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano.

Age 23. From Wisconsin Rapids. Runs the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds. Redshirted in 2012, backed up in 2013 and started 38 of 39 games played from 2014-16. “I could tell he was a leader the moment he walked on the field at pro day,” said Alonzo Highsmith, the Packers’ senior personnel executive. “You could tell he has passion for the game … he’s a good pass rusher. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback. He’s got speed and tenacity.” Finished with 191 tackles (39 ½ for loss), 21 ½ sacks and 3 forced fumbles. “The strength of my game is my motor and working hard,” Biegel said. “I’ll bring that and then some to Green Bay. I’ll have a chip on my shoulder. I want to earn the respect of my teammates.” Vertical jump of 33 1/2 inches, broad jump of 9-10 and 21 reps on the 225-pound bench press. Arms measured 32 3/8 inches, hands were 9 1/8 inches. Was the 14th 3-4 outside linebacker selected. Highsmith expected Biegel to be drafted Friday. “He’s quick, athletic, very flexible,” said Highsmith. “I’ve done this for 19 years. I always watch how guys approach the game. I was very impressed with him.” Scored 23 on the 12-minute, 50-question Wonderlic intelligence test. Suffered a broken foot in October, underwent surgery and was back after missing two games. Father, Rocky, played LB at Brigham Young. Grandfather, Ken Biegel, was a Hall of Fame head coach at Manawa, New London and Wisconsin Rapids high schools. “To be able to live this out, I am incredibly blessed,” said Biegel. Will be married July 1. Over-aged; Will turn 24 in July. Agent is Carter Chow.

JAMAAL WILLIAMS (Round 4, 138 overall), RB, 6-0, 215, Brigham Young

Age 22. From Fontana, Calif. (Summit High School). Runs the 40 in 4.54. Started eight of 13 games as a true freshman in 2012, carrying 166 times for 775 yards (4.7) and catching 27 passes for 315. Featured back in 2013, started again in ’14 before suffering a torn ACL and LCL. Withdrew from school in 2015 after being hit with a one-game suspension for violating the BYU honor code. He said it was being caught with a woman in his room. Returned to start nine of 10 games as a senior, missing several games with ankle injuries. “He’s a guy that can hammer ‘em,” said Jon-Eric Sullivan, the team’s director of college scouting. “It takes a toll on a defense. We were a little bit surprised he was still there.” Finished with 726 rushes for 3,901 (5.4) and 35 touchdowns. Also caught 60 passes for 567 (9.5) and 1 TD. “Aggressive, downhill runner,” Sullivan said. “Built to last. He complements the guy we already have (Ty Montgomery) here. He’s all football. Up here in the elements, he’ll be a good fit for us.” Vertical jump of 33, broad jump of 10-3 and 18 reps on the bench. Arms were 31 1/4, has big hands (10). “I feel I can be a workhorse,” said Williams. “I felt Green Bay would be a good spot for me. They really don’t have a lot of backs.” Wonderlic of 20. Agent is Leigh Steinberg.

DeANGELO YANCEY (Round 5, 175 overall), WR, 6-1½, 220, Purdue

Age 22. From Atlanta (Mays High School). Runs the 40 in 4.52. Started 36 of 47 games, including five in 2013, seven in 2014 and 12 each in 2015-16. Made senior season his best, catching 49 passes for 951 (19.4) and 10 TDs. Made All-Big Ten second team. “Big, strong guy,” said Eliot Wolf, the team’s director of football operations. “Excellent hands. Good speed. He plays much faster than the 4.5.” Finished with 141 receptions for 2,344 (16.6) and 20 TDs. “Really confident player,” Wolf said. “Sometimes with guys that don’t get invited to the combine you don’t always see that. I thought he was a player from day one.” Vertical jump of 35½, broad jump of 10-1 and an outstanding 21 reps on the bench. “I feel I can separate downfield and I have great ball skills,” said Yancey. “I had no idea (if he’d be drafted). I knew I’d have a chance to go free agent if I didn’t.” Green Bay was one of about 10 pre-draft visits. Arms were 32¼, hands were 9¾. Wonderlic of 12. Agent is Sam Leaf.

AARON JONES (Round 5, 182 overall), RB, 5-9½, 208, Texas-El Paso

Age 22. From El Paso (Burges High School). Runs the 40 in 4.58. UTEP’s all-time leading rusher, breaking John Harvey’s 28-year-old record. Started six games as a true freshman in 2013, 12 games in ’14 and two games in ’15 before suffering a season-ending ankle injury that required surgery. After a DUI arrest in February 2016, he enjoyed his finest season as a fourth-year junior. “He’s really fast,” said Wolf. “He consistently beat the angles of the safety.” Finished with 658 carries for 4,114 (6.3) and 33 TDs to go with 71 receptions for 646. Nine career fumbles. “I think I have great balance,” said Jones. “Mix of power and speed. I catch the ball well out of the backfield.” Vertical jump of 37½, broad jump of 10-7 and 16 reps on the bench. “He (Jamaal Williams) is more of a big back,” said Jones. “I’m a little bit faster than he is and I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I did it all. Check-downs, screens, corners.” Arms were 32½, hands were 9½. Played freshman season on the Miners’ basketball team after gaining all-El Paso city honors in high school. Wonderlic of 19. Comes from a military family; lived in Germany from age 2 to 5. Agent is Leigh Steinberg.

KOFI AMICHIA (Round 6, 212 overall), C-G, 6-3 ½, 308, South Florida

Age: 22. From Riverdale, Ga. (McEachern High School). Runs the 40 in 4.98. Backup in 2013. Started two of four games at RT in 2014 and all 26 games at LT the past two seasons. “James Campen (offensive line coach) does a great job of taking linemen and moving them,” GM Ted Thompson said. “Tackles to guards, guards to center. We’ve had a lot of success with that.” Highly athletic testing numbers at Bulls’ pro day. Vertical jump of 33½ and broad jump of 9-6, but just 22 reps on the bench. “My strength is my athleticism,” Amichia said. “My suddenness off the ball. Being able to identify tendencies of the defense. I have the feeling that nobody can stop me.” Arms were 33¾, hands were a good-sized 10 1/8. He played mostly center for two years as a backup but also practiced some at guard. Visited Green Bay before the draft, and was told it was as a center-guard. He said most teams viewed him as a guard. Played last season between 290 and 295, went up to 304 at pro day and is 308 now. “In the NFL nobody is playing at 290,” said Amichia. “I took the initiative to gain weight … by eating right.” Wonderlic of 31. In December, he earned degree in information technology. Parents are natives of Ghana. Agent is Austin Atkinson.

DEVANTE MAYS (Round 7, 238 overall), RB, 5-10 ½, 230, Utah State

Age 22. From Livingston, Texas. Runs the 40 in 4.51. Played at Tyler (Texas) Junior College in 2013 and Blinn (Texas) Junior College in ’14. Started six of 13 games in ‘15, carrying 165 times for 966 (5.9) and 9 TDs. As a senior, he started two of six games in ’16 before a knee injury ended his season. “He does a nice job of sitting down on his runs,” Thompson said. “His butt’s almost on the ground.” Suffered a sprained MCL and high-ankle sprain in Game 2. Returned later in the season only to suffer reinjury. “I had really big plans of doing great things,” Mays said. “Second game it took a huge turn. I was never really able to overcome the injury. Everything went down the drain.” Finished with 202 carries for 1,225 (6.1) and 12 TDs. Just two receptions for 17 yards. “I catch the ball well,” said Mays. “Obviously, that’s a big question because that hasn’t been on display at Utah State.” Workout warrior: vertical jump was 40 ½, broad jump of 10-9. Bench-pressed 22 times. “The injury knocked me off a lot of people’s radar,” Mays said. “I wasn’t able to show people what I can do. I think I’ll surprise a lot of people.” Arms were 31 ¾; tiny hands (8 5/8). Coach Mike McCarthy said the new draft picks at RB all were three-down players. Wonderlic of 18. Agent is David Lee.

MALACHI DUPRE (Round 7, 247 overall), WR, 6-2 ½, 194, Louisiana State

Age 21. From New Orleans (Curtis High School). Runs the 40 in 4.50. Played extensively as a true freshman in 2014 before starting the past two years. Finished with 98 receptions for 1,609 (16.4) and 14 TDs. “Good-sized guy,” Thompson said. “Kind of a home-run hitter.” Tremendous testing numbers: vertical jump of 39½, broad jump of 11-3. Bench-pressed 11 times. “The best part of my game is I can play inside and outside,” said Dupre. “I’m a guy that’s smart. I can recognize defenses.” Arms were 31 ½, hands were small (9). Renounced his final year of eligibility to enter the draft, and then almost wasn’t drafted. “First and foremost, I feel ready to take the next step mentally and physically,” Dupre said. “I never had second thoughts. I know I can have impact in the NFL. I can’t wait to show everyone what I can do. It was a very long day. I’m very thankful to the Packers’ organization for picking me.” Wonderlic of 22. Agent is Rocky Arceneaux.

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