New name on Bucs' radar: Utah State LB Nick Vigil
We continue to hear about a lot of time and effort being invested by the Bucs in scouting linebackers in this year's draft, with a new name to share today: Utah State's Nick Vigil.
Vigil, 6-2 and 239 pounds, was a prolific tackler over the last two seasons for the Aggies -- 144 tackles last fall as a junior, including 13.5 tackles for loss. He tested well at the combine, running the 40 in 4.72 seconds and faring even better in the agility drills. The Bucs liked him enough to bring him in for a top-30 visit to One Buc Place.
Vigil has a personal connection to Bucs linebackers coach Mark Duffner, who coached his brother Zach as an undrafted rookie with the Dolphins last season. Zach not only made the Dolphins' roster without being drafted, but went on to have 18 tackles, starting two games. The two brothers were teammates at Utah State, and Nick is likely to go in the middle rounds, perhaps the third or fourth round.
The Bucs have looked at other linebackers -- they had UCLA's Aaron Wallace in for a top-30 visit as well, as well as Georgia Southern's Antwione Williams. Their most obvious longterm opening would be for a strongside linebacker -- veteran Daryl Smith was signed as a "bridge" there, but the Bucs could try to upgrade their depth at other linebacker spots with rookies as well.