Photo of Max Valles
Drafted By: Raiders
  • Round 6
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 179

Combine Results

5.36 ?
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.59 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'5" Height
  • 32 5/8" Arm Length
  • 251LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


2014: Third-team All-ACC, Started all 12 games. Led the team with 9.0 sacks. 2013: Played in 10 games with four starts. 2012: Attended Fork Union Military Academy. High School: Played wide receiver, defensive end and safety, finishing the season with 13 receptions for 204 yards and four touchdowns, and 33 tackles and 7.0 sacks on defense.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.88 and 4.84 seconds
Vertical jump: 36 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches



Long frame with room for more weight. Plays with consistent bend and good pad level. Uses leverage and snap in his hips to withstand power against much larger blockers at point of attack. Played with a hand down and as a stand-up outside 'backer. Has all the tools to become a good edge-setter as a pro. Shows ability to see past a blocker and win quickly with his hands. Too strong for most tight ends to block. Has plus burst to the ball when it is in his sights. Plays with speed and single-minded focus once he cuts it loose. Has athleticism to dip shoulder and turn a tight corner as pass rusher. Rare timing to deflect passes at line of scrimmage, batting down 13 passes over last two seasons, including 9 in 2014.


Extremely raw. In need of more experience and more coaching. Shows very little instinct as a defensive end or linebacker and takes longer than desired to process what he sees. Won't always pursue the ball carrier with revved motor. Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary kept him blocked all game long. Lack of instincts and feel prevents him from utilizing proper footwork and angles to attempt tackles at times. Sack total skewed. Vast majority of sacks did not come with a win against a tackle.

Draft Projection

Round 4 or 5

Sources Tell Us

"He's an athlete and not a football player right now. If it starts to click for him and he starts to put the tape work together with the talent -- look out, buddy. If it doesn't click, you've got a backup defensive end." -- AFC defensive line coach

NFL Comparison

Aaron Lynch

Bottom Line

Redshirt sophomore who relies solely on his outstanding athleticism and physical tools rather than an understanding of how to play the game. If Valles can improve his football intelligence while becoming a more skilled pass rusher, then he should be able to unlock his starter's traits and become a quality NFL edge player. In the short term, Valles will require patience and might not be much of a factor in Year 1.
-Lance Zierlein
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.