2015 NFL DRAFT
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Kroy Biermann, DE

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 246 | College: Montana
 
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Overview

The 2007 Buck Buchanan Award winner as the best defensive player in the Football Championship Series (formerly D-IAA), Biermann will have to make the transition from his customary defensive end position to outside linebacker in the NFL. Biermann used his burst off the snap, instincts and high motor to rack up gaudy numbers last season (72 tackles, 15 sacks, five forced fumbles) in helping lead Montana to a national championship.

Analysis

Positives: Instinctive. … Good initial quickness off the snap to gain an advantage on the offensive tackle, and shows the balance to dip his shoulder and generate speed around the edge. … Uses his hands well to slap away the pass blocker's initial attempts to block him. … High-effort player who pursues with passion. … Flashes some explosiveness as a hitter, forcing five fumbles as a senior.

Negatives: Classic 'tweener prospect who some feel is a product of Montana's system. … Good straight-line speed, but doesn't play up to this speed, especially when asked to move backward. … Good use of hands to slap away the initial attempt of pass blockers, but lacks the strength to hold up once truly engaged. … Instinctive, high-effort player who may be maxed out.

2007 Season

2007 BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WINNER … Biermann edged out Appalachian State's outstanding senior safety Corey Lynch for the award. Biermann led the Grizzlies to the national championship. In 2007, the Grizzlies finished the regular season 11-0, winning their 10th straight Big Sky Conference title and qualifying for the FCS playoffs for the 15th consecutive season. Led by Biermann, Montana led the Big Sky and finished second in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering just 14.8 points per game. The Griz led the Big Sky in total defense at 333.8 yards per game, and was first in pass defense efficiency and second in rushing defense. Biermann finished his standout career with 33 sacks, 45 tackles for loss, nine forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries in 52 career games. He started 22 games.

2006 Season

Biermann was UM's fifth leading tackler with 78 stops, and he led the team in sacks (11) and in tackles for loss (13.5). He was the co-recipient (along with cornerback Jimmy Wilson) of UM's Golden Helmet Award, which is given to the team's "Hardest Hitter." He was named a Walter Camp first team All-American and was a second team All-America selection by both the Associated Press and the Sports Network. He was also a first team All-Big Sky Conference pick. He was named a Sports Network Weekly All-Star and Big Sky Player of the Week on October 2 after UM's win at Portland State. Biermann was ranked 14th in the country in sacks with .82 a game. He played in all 14 games, starting in 10.

2005 Season

He played in all 12 games last season and was Montana's fifth-leading tackler, despite no starts. He was third on the team with seven sacks for minus-39 yards and tied for the team-high (with now-graduated Shane MacIntyre and Alan Saenz) with two fumble recoveries.

2004 Season

He was another true freshman who saw action for the Grizzlies due to injuries at his position and because of his abilities. He played in 14 of 15 games. (He missed UM's first-round I-AA playoff game against Northwestern State due to an injury.) He had the third most (tied) tackles for loss on the team with seven. Kroy was moved from linebacker to defensive end in the fall of 2004.

High School

He earned eight letters at Hardin High School: three each in football and wrestling and two in track. He was a first team all-state pick and team captain as a junior and senior at linebacker. He was chosen first team all-conference at running back in 2002 and 2003. He participated in Montana's Annual East-West Shrine Game. His high school football coaches were Kelly Kinsey and former (1971-75) Griz tight end Duane Walker. Biermann was one of the state's premier wrestlers at the A level and placed second in the state as a junior and senior. His senior year in wrestling he was team captain, had the most take-downs and most pins, and was voted his team's Most Valuable Wrestler.

Personal

His parents are Keith and Kathy Biermann

 
 
 

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