Director of College Scouting at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Mike Biehl enters his seventh season with Tampa Bay in 2020, working as the team's director of college scouting, where he is responsible for coordinating and compiling evaluations of all draft-eligible players, while overseeing the entire college scouting staff. The 2019 NFL Draft produced a total of eight draft picks, with five players seeing starts in Todd Bowles' defense. Devin White, picked fifth overall, started all 13 games he played, recording 91 tackles, recovering four fumbles, and capping his first season with consecutive NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month honors for November and December. Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting led the team with three interceptions, tying for the most among NFL rookies. Third-round pick Jamel Dean finished the season with 17 passes defensed, tying for fourth in the NFL. With the 12th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers selected defensive tackle Vita Vea, who ranked second among NFL defensive linemen over the final six weeks of the season. Fourth-round pick Jordan Whitehead, chosen 117th overall, played in 15 games as a rookie, tallying 76 tackles – the second-most on the team. Vita Vea and Jordan Whitehead continued to contribute to the Buccaneers defense in 2019. Vea started all 16 games helping bolster the NFL's number one run defense, with Whitehead ranking third on the team with 68 tackles. In his second season, Ronald Jones recorded 1,000 yards from scrimmage and six rushing touchdowns in nine starts. Fellow 2018 draft pick Carlton Davis started all 14 games he played at cornerback and ranked second in the NFL in with 19 passes defensed. The 2017 NFL Draft saw Biehl, working with General Manager Jason Licht, select six players, with three stepping into starting roles as rookies. The Buccaneers' first-round pick, tight end O.J. Howard, started all 14 games he played in, tying for the team lead with six touchdown receptions – tied for the second-most among NFL rookies and the fourth-most ever by a Buccaneers rookie. Tampa Bay's second-round pick, safety Justin Evans, started the final 11 games he played in, recording three interceptions, which tied for the team lead and was tied for the third-most among NFL rookies. The final rookie starter was linebacker Kendell Beckwith, a third-round selection who served as the team's primary strongside linebacker. The Buccaneers also got contributions from another third-round pick, wide receiver Chris Godwin, who started the final two games on the season and earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 17 after catching seven passes for 111 yards, including a game-winning 39-yard touchdown. In 2018, the team saw an even bigger role for second-year players Godwin and Howard. Godwin caught 59 passes for 842 yards and seven touchdowns, ranking second on the team in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns on the season. Howard finished the season ranked fourth among NFL tight ends in receiving yards per game (56.5) and his 16.6 yards per catch were the highest among all qualified tight ends, despite missing the final six games of the season. Godwin continued to see success in 2019, recording his first 1,000-yard season and Pro Bowl selection. Biehl assisted Licht in the 2015 NFL Draft, where the team held the first overall pick, used to select quarterback Jameis Winston, who earned Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year and a PFWA All-Rookie Team selection, while setting nearly every rookie passing record in Buccaneers history. The 2015 draft also saw Tampa Bay select tackle Donovan Smith (34th overall), guard Ali Marpet (61st overall) and linebacker Kwon Alexander (124th overall), all of whom earned a spot on the PFWA All-Rookie Team alongside Winston. Alexander was selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl. Both Marpet and Smith have been signed to contract extensions. Since the start of the 2015 season, they have been part of an offense that has recorded the fifth-most yards per game in the NFL (375.3), sixth-most passing yards per game (269.8) and seventh-highest yards per play (5.76) during that span, while ranking third in third-down conversion rate. Biehl came to the Buccaneers with 16 seasons of NFL experience, including 13 seasons with the San Diego Chargers (2001-13). Biehl worked as the club's assistant director of college scouting for six seasons (2008-13), after being promoted from college scout (2001-07), where he scouted the Midwest region of the country. Over that span, the Chargers had the eighth-most wins in the NFL, won five AFC West division championships and made six playoff appearances. Prior to his time with the Chargers, Biehl spent three seasons (1998-2000) working in the Buffalo Bills' personnel department, during which time the Bills had the NFL's sixth-best record and qualified for the playoffs twice. A native of Paxton, Illinois, Biehl attended Illinois State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's in sports management. Mike and his wife, Kim, have two children: son Nathan, and daughter Kendall.
Director of College Scouting