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Grade
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  • 5.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 100.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.93 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 315LBS. Weight

Overview

Valdez has led the way for excellent backs like Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Michael Smith as a starter the past two years. He started on the weak side as a junior and on the strong side in 2008. Arkansas coaches also flip sides depending on formation throughout games. That versatility, combined with his size and athleticism, makes Valdez a good late-round developmental prospect. Had an arm span of 34 inches and a hand span of 9 5/8 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Strengths: Adequate size for either tackle spot, and swings between both spots. Has a good punch which knocks back even larger defensive ends. Feet are quick enough to pull or cut off backside defensive end. Plays with a wide base after initial hit in pass protection. Anchor is strong, even against 300-pound players. Has the length to punch the inside man and recover to push outside rusher around the pocket. Weaknesses: A bit top-heavy in his build; wide in the middle with relatively thin legs. Must move quicker off the snap to handle faster NFL defensive ends. Plays too tall and will get bull-rushed by ends effectively using leverage. Needs to improve his flexibility, knee bend and balance in pass protection. Will miss targets in space due to his lack of balance.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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