The Cincinnati Bengals went with Utah State linebacker Nick Vigil in the third round of the NFL Draft, finishing off the second day of the weekend's festivities. He fills a relative need at the position and should be a contributor early on in his Bengals career, be it on defense or special teams.
As a Big Blue linebacker, Vigil had a very efficient 2015 season, racking up 144 tackles (13.5 for loss), three sacks and a forced fumble. In his three years at Utah State, Vigil had 17.5 sacks and played as a middle linebacker, off the edge at times and even took a few carries as a running back during his freshman year.
Vigil joins an already-exciting 2016 Bengals draft class, including first round cornerback William Jackson III and second round selection, Pittsburgh wide receiver, Tyler Boyd. When the local media spoke with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther about the pick, he said, "We're trying to challenge the back end of our roster".
If that is indeed the case, Vigil will be competing with the likes of Marquis Flowers, Jayson DiManche, P.J. Dawson and a couple of others for backup duties. The Bengals brought in Karlos Dansby as a contingency plans for Vontaze Burfict's three-game suspension to start the year, and Vigil could round out the rest of the group.
What are your thoughts on the pick? Did the Bengals take the right player with good value? Or would you have rather seen them go in a different direction?