Photo of Vinnie Sunseri
Drafted By: Saints

Combine Results

Grade
5.14 ?
  • 18 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He torn an ACL late in season. He's going to play for (Saints defensive coordinator) Rob Ryan. Some day, he can be a starting free safety." -- Mike Mayock

  • 5'11" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 210LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

His father, Sal Sunseri, is the defensive ends coach at Florida State. As a junior linebacker, he was named the 2009 Bronco Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year in North Carolina after making 107 tackles and 15 tackles for loss. Moved to Tuscaloosa for his senior season after his dad became the outside linebackers coach at Alabama. Named the 6A Defensive Player of the Year in Alabama in 2010. Enrolled in January 2011 and participated in spring practice. Played in all 13 games as a true freshman, serving as a backup safety and special-teams player while making 31 tackles, one pass breakup and zero interceptions with one forced fumble. Was the Tide's starting dime back in '12, making eight starts in 14 games. Logged 54-3-2 with six tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Began the '13 season with a bang by scoring the first two touchdowns of his career on interception returns -- a 38-yard return in the season opener against Virginia Tech and a 73-yard return vs. Texas A&M the following week. Started the first seven games at safety before suffering a torn ACL on the opening kickoff against Arkansas on Oct. 19 and finishing the year with 20-4-2 with one tackle for loss. Was medically excluded from the NFL Scouting Combine (knee).

Analysis

Strengths

Good size and big hands. Reads and reacts quickly. Assignment-sound and well-coached. Drops downhill to support the run and has experience in deep-zone coverage. Dependable wrap tackler. Good production. Vocal leader who commanded the secondary and made all the calls. Stood out on special teams as a younger player and has the makeup to be a special-teams captain in the pros.

Weaknesses

Short arms. Lacks elite top-end speed. Not a quick-twitch athlete. Does not explode off the hash and closing burst is just average -- late getting over the top. Has man-coverage limitations -- struggles to matchup with slot receivers. Occasionally fails to break down or overruns ball carriers in space. Dull pop on contact -- not an explosive, blow-up tackler. Started just 15 games.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6-7

Bottom Line

A coach's son, Sunseri has requisite athletic ability for the pro game, but his head for the game rates among his best traits. Has the size, tackling ability and dependability to make a living as a backup and core special-teams player. Draft stock could be impacted by 2013 season-ending torn ACL.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
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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