Vigil had a highly productive career at Utah State, playing in a scheme similar to Cincinnati’s, and he’s seen as a prospect who can contribute quickly at the NFL level ... Led Mountain West in tackles last season (11.1 per game, 144 total) and finished sixth in the nation ... Opted for the draft following his junior season, and in just three campaigns, logged third-most tackles-for-loss (38.5) in program history.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in third round of 2016 NFL Draft (87th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-10-16.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, primarily on special teams ... Has three special teams tackles ... Led team in defensive tackles (17) in preseason, with one INT.
College: Played three seasons (2013-15) at Utah State, with 30 starts among his 40 games played ... Redshirt year in 2012 ... Totaled 324 tackles, ranked 13th in school history, and had 15.5 sacks ... Also used as a situational rusher in his last two seasons, gaining 169 yards on 47 carries (3.6), with four TDs ... Named first-team All-Mountain West in each of his last two seasons ... Vigil was the only FBS player in the nation last season to be credited with at least nine tackles in every game. In 2014, against Brigham Young, he started on both offense (RB) and defense (LB) and was the only player in the nation to lead his team in rushing yards (57) and tackles (nine) in the same game. 2015—Started all 13 games ... His conference-leading 144 tackles included three sacks, 13.5 tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Excelled in meeting with then-No. 25 Boise State, logging 14 tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... Career-best 20 tackles vs. Air Force. 2014—Second in tackles (123) and tackles-for-loss (16.5) on 10-4 team that capped its season with New Mexico Bowl win over UTEP ... Led team in forced fumbles (five) and had career-best seven sacks ... Rushed 41-for-152 (3.7), with three TDs, including a TD in New Mexico Bowl. 2013—Played in 13 games (four starts) as a redshirt freshman, helping team to 9-5 record, with Poinsettia Bowl victory over Northern Illinois ... Logged team-leading 5.5 sacks while totaling 57 tackles (8.5 TFL) ... Had 3.5 sacks vs. Wyoming.
Personal: Hometown is Plain City, Utah (near Ogden) ... Earned Utah State degree in sociology, and earned academic All-Mountain West honors ... Brother, Zach, was an All-America LB at Utah State and is entering third season with Miami Dolphins ... Attended Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah, where he was named the state’s Class 5A Most Valuable Player as a two-way senior ... Also all-state as a junior ... As team advanced to runner-up state finish, he rushed for 1309 yards (6.2 average) with 13 TDs and also had 300 receiving yards plus 61 tackles and an INT ... Scored 45 career TDs, with 3653 all-purpose yards ... Also lettered in basketball.
In her excitement at how decisively and well Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis answered her call on Tuesday during a 45-minute visit at the end of the day at Withrow High School, English teacher Katie Frankey mixed her metaphors.
The Bengals today are assisting former K Shayne Graham in sending a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, declaring that Graham is ceremonially “retiring as a Bengal.” Graham kicked in the NFL for 16 seasons (2001-15), playing for multiple teams, but his term with Cincinnati (2003-09) stands as significantly his longest with one team.
Andrew Whitworth hasn't stopped moving since the end of the season. He hopes the next month includes a new contract with the Bengals and a hearing in front of the NFL competition committee.
How much will health and wellness impact the draft, Bengaldom wonders. From all reports running back Giovani Bernard is having a terrific rehab from an ACL tear.