Mostly overshadowed by Maliek Collins during his career at Nebraska, Vincent Valentine remained a staple on the Cornhusker’s defensive line. He elected to forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. He dealt with injuries this past season but still managed to make 7 starts. Valentine is an immovable force up front and displayed flashes during his tenure in Lincoln. Could pan out as a late round gem or just another guy who didn’t make it.
Name: Vincent Valentine
Class: Junior (RS)
Projection: 6th Round
Comparison: Alfonso Boone
Strengths: Very big with strong, thick legs. Can scoot around and is not as heavy-footed as his size would indicate. A lane clog who takes blocks and can hold double teams. When his hands are where they need to be can display a powerful bull-rush and get into the backfield. No off-field incidents to note and comes from a good family.
Weaknesses: Carries bad belly weight and doesn’t have a bubble to hold up his pants. Lacks any intriguing athlete ability and didn’t test well at the combine. Doesn’t have overwhelming length or hand size. Technique gets sloppy and needs a lot of refinement. Not known as a worker which explains his behind schedule technique and lack of stamina. A man without a plan as a pass-rusher and not a threat to get after the QB at the next level.
Outlook: Vincent Valentine is a frustrating prospect that never really lived up to his potential in college. He has some valuable skills that carry over to the NFL but one must wonder if he has the work ethic and passion for the game to be more than just a rotational plug. Although he lacks the athletic ability to stand apart he has the size the middle and back end of the draft simply doesn’t have and will likely be drafted higher because of it. I envision Valentine having a modest career as a rotational piece.