We bring back our annual look at the Miami Dolphins' roster heading into training camp, a series we call 90-in-90. Over the next 90 days (or a few more as roster changes happen), we will take a look at each individual player on the roster, review what they did in 2014 either in the NFL or in college, then take a look at how they might progress or regress this season, and the chances that player will make the roster.
2014 was Vigil's final season at Utah State.
From the Utah State Aggies site:
Started all 14 games and earned All-America honors from USA Today Sports (second team), Phil Steele (third team), Athlon Sports (fourth team) and SI.com (honorable mention)... Was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Gildan New Mexico Bowl after recording 1.0 tackle for loss as part of his 11 total tackles against UTEP, to go along with one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry... Had 156 total tackles (79-solo, 77-assist) on the season to rank second in the nation at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level... Those 156 tackles also rank third all-time in Mountain West history and fourth all-time in school history... Finished the year ranking second in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation in tackles (11.1 pg), second in the MW and 13th in the nation in tackles for loss (1.46 pg), and tied for third in the MW and tied for 39th in the nation in sacks (0.64 pg).... Led the team with 156 tackles and 20.5 tackles for loss, and was tied for first on the team with 9.0 sacks... Ranked tied for first on the team with five quarterback hurries to go along with four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception he returned 35 yards for a touchdown... Recorded a career-high 22 tackles against Air Force (10/11), which ranked tied for the most at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level this year, and had nine double-digit tackle outings on the season... Was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week twice... Earned academic all-Mountain West honors.
Why he might progress:
Scouts liked his pass coverage ability and that's something the Dolphins are looking for.
Why he might regress:
Scouts did not like his run game instincts. If he can't display good run stopping ability, he's going to have trouble making the roster.
Chances he makes the 53-man roster:
Is seeing time with second team defense and probably has the best chance of making the final roster out of the four undrafted linebackers. (Vigil, Mike Hull, Jeff Luc, Neville Hewitt). Any of those guys can make the roster, but the team seems to have Vigil ahead of them. For me, it's between Hull and Vigil. I'm leaning towards Hull, so Vigil would make the practice squad.
So how do you think Zach Vigil will do this season? Does he make your roster? Feel free to discuss below.
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