After watching Vigil I can say he is definitely in the second tier group of inside linebackers. Let me start this statement by saying personally do not think Vigil is better than Reggie Ragland, but I could see teams that like him better than Ragland because Vigil is more athletic. Vigil has all the tools to be successful in the NFL.
His awareness is really good, and he is really good at keeping blockers off of him with his hands. Vigil can blitz effectively, and shoot correct gaps. He also shows the athleticism to run sideline to sideline.
Nick Vigil checks a lot of boxes, if not all the boxes to be considered a top middle linebacker prospect for the Miami Dolphins. The most impressive box that he checks is his athletic profile. Below is his MockDraftable.com spider web. He has above average speed with his 40 yard dash, but more importantly he has elite 3 cone and 20 yard shuffle times.
These two exercises are important for a linebacker because they translate to the athlete being quick twitch. If you match a mind that is able to quickly diagnosis and a body that is able quickly get to areas then you have a very good linebacker. His arm length is average for a linebacker but his hand size is at the higher percentile. This to me translates to why he is so good at slipping tackles.
Vigil’s film displays a player that plays heads up football. Here Vigil sees a bubble screen almost before the ball is snapped. Vigil runs to disrupt the receiver as the ball is getting to him. He does not make that tackle but does enough to stall the receiver.
Vigil showed a great feel for blitzing. He is sent from the edge on this play. Vigil times it right and hits the QB before he is able to get a pass off, this hit resulted in a fumble.
Vigil shows the ability to diagnose and shoot the gap on this play. Once Vigil sees the play develop in front of him he fires through the hole and trips up the ball carrier on this play.
Boise State runs a jet sweep flea flicker to the wide receiver throw. Vigil correctly steps up to defend the jet sweep. He is aware enough to see that the throw is going to the jet sweep receiver. Vigil starts running with the receiver and does a phenomenal job of showing his athleticism by keeping up with the receiver.
Vigil showed that he has the ability to be highly effective dropping back in zone on this play. Vigil drops back in a curls zone. The receiver catches the ball but Vigil is immediately on him to make a sure tackle.
Even though this play resulted in a touchdown for Boise State it does demonstrate Vigil’s ability to go sideline to sideline. Vigil does a good job of working through traffic and makes the running back pay for a touchdown.
Vigil showed the ability to find blockers with his hands and keep blockers off of him play after play. On this play Vigil has a blocker coming at him. Vigil keeps the blocker off of him by finding him with his hands. Then Vigil slides past the blocker and shoots the gap to make a play on the running back.
This film review was done by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl
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