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2015 NFL Draft profile Utah State LB Zach Vigil

As the leader of a stout Utah State defense Zach Vigil put up some eye popping statistics that will surely catch the eye of some NFL teams.

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Zach Vigil, Inside Linebacker, Utah State University

MockingTheDraft Position Rank: 16th

MockingTheDraft Overall Rank: 222nd

Pro Day Numbers:

Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 236
40-yard dash: 4.68 and 4.67 seconds 
Vertical jump: 32 inches 
Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
20-yard short shuttle: 4.41 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.11 seconds

Highlights:


Overview:

Zach Vigil led the 12th ranked scoring defense with 156 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, and nine sacks. He showed impressive straight line speed at his pro day with the 4.67 40 yard dash. Vigil was also named as the best sleeper at inside linebacker and he made Sports Illistrated's all underrated team (along with two Colorado State players) where they had high praise for him:

Vigil wasn't invited to the scouting combine, and for the life of me, I have no idea why. He replaced Bobby Wagner as the man in the middle for Utah State and took off right away. He was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, and he looks like a bat out of hell on tape: A very high-effort player with exceptional run-stopping abilities for his size (6'2", 236 pounds). I wouldn't put him quite in Wagner's class, but I could easily see a 4-3 team taking Vigil in the fourth or fifth round. Last year, he had 156 tackles, nine sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and four passes defensed.

Although no mock draft has Vigil being drafted (to be fair after the first two rounds its pretty much guess work) his production and drive will ensure Vigil gets a look somewhere.

Strengths:

Vigil was one of the most productive linebackers in college football. He is an incredibly hard worker who never quits on a play. Vigil is an active pass rusher who excelled is the aggies aggressive scheme. He has the ability to read pass keys quickly and gets into coverage with depth. Also shows awareness in zone and matches up with crossers in his area as proven by his linebacker high of four pass break ups. He is a great wrap-up tackler who hits hard consistently. Team leader.

Weaknesses:

Being biased as I am I will take NFL.com's scout profiles weakness and say where I disagree:

Gets overwhelmed by offensive linemen. Not a take-on linebacker and below average at slipping blocks. Not as instinctive as production would indicate. Not a natural downhill player. Can get lost in crowd and washed down against run. Benefited from aggressive, attacking scheme. Doesn't look to punish backs in blitz pickup.

Vigil does take on blocks strongly but struggles to get off blocks especially from offensive linemen. I believe part of "getting lost in a crowd" again speaks to his struggle to get off block. I don't agree with the lack of instincts but I do believe he benefited in an attacking scheme. Overall I think Vigil just isn't as big, as fast, or as athletic as the higher ranked linebackers.

Draft Projection:

Late 6th/ Early 7th

Potential Destinations:

Oakland, Green Bay, New York Jets