Draft Profile: BioJalen Berger from Don Bosco Prep High School was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and handed a 4-star grade by 247 Sports. Following high school, Berger joined Wisconsin.
In 2020 as a freshman Berger saw action in 4 games for the Badgers as he ran for 301 yards on 60 attempts for 5.0 yards per carry, with 2 TDs, with no fumbles. As a receiver he made only 2 receptions for 13 yards.
As a sophomore in 2021 he played just 3 games. and rushed for only 88 yards on 24 carries for only 3.7 ypc, with one TD, with no fumbles. In the passing game he pulled in only 2 receptions for 17 yards.
After the end of the year Berger transferred to Michigan State where as a junior Berger saw action in 12 games for the Spartans. He ran for 678 yards on 148 attempts for 4.6 ypc, with 6 TDs, with 2 fumbles. As a receiver he made 19 receptions for 128 yards.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- He’s patient, letting blocks develop then accelerating. Berger runs with a good forward lean and consistently falls forward.
- He’s a quality receiver with soft hands, and Berger shows a good feel for catching and transitioning upfield in the screen game.
- Not truly explosive, but possesses enough speed to beat linebacker to the edge.
- Does not possess top breakaway speed, though he's rarely caught from behind.
- He shows good vision and good explosion upfield once he plants his foot. Berger has lateral movement skills and enough speed to threaten big plays. He’s excellent in the passing game, capable of flexing out as a receiver and creating mismatches against linebackers, and he’s a solid back in the screen game.
- Possesses quick feet and straight-line speed but doesn't have the elite burst to be a constant big-play threat. Improving patience as a runner, following pulling guards and makes good decisions on his cut.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Offers little in pass protection and poor technique cut blocking, fails to do more than slow down blitzers by laying down in front of them.
- Berger really isn’t a guy who will create a lot of separation.
- Berger isn’t slow, but Berger lacks the third gear to be a home run threat. His hands are improving but still inconsistent in the passing game.
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