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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


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.



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.
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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