Photo of Vincent Valentine
Drafted By: Patriots
  • Round 3
  • Pick 34
  • Overall 96

Combine Results

5.22 ?
  • 5.19 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 8.03 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is a big-body nose tackle. I was surprised he came out of school rather than play another year at Nebraska. He's not always in the best of shape, and sometimes his play reflects that. When he's fresh, he's special." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 329LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


Valentine's career showed real promise at times, yet was marked by inconsistency and injury. He played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2013, getting a starting call six times (the first four, and the final two) in order to make 21 tackles, five for loss and a sack. In the Illinois high school all-state pick’s sophomore season, it looked like the consistency was coming as he started 11 times, recording 45 stops, seven for loss, and three sacks in the middle. A knee injury slowed him down during his fourth and final year on campus, limiting him to seven starts, 10 tackles, four for loss, and three sacks. Instead of returning to school to prove himself to scouts, Valentine chose to leave early for the NFL with his diploma in hand.



Burly calves and and thick legs that look like sacks of grain. Proper study requires viewing of 2014 tape when he was healthy. Can sit down and live in his space. Has power to thrash undersized centers right out of the picture. Able to eat up double teams and road­block his run fit when he's on his game. Reactive quickness to turn and snap onto running backs attempting to dart past him. Finished with more career sacks than teammate Maliek Collins.


Carries excessive weight in the middle and lacks desired lean muscle mass for his frame. Could get more from his power with proper hand usage. Scouts question effort level in 2015. Slammed by insiders for a lack of conditioning and practice habits. Missed extensive time due to high ankle sprain.

Draft Projection

Rounds 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Darius Kilgo

Bottom Line

His draft grade will likely be higher than his 2015 tape would indicate due to a high ankle sprain that limited his overall play and production. Valentine needs to carry more "good weight" and commit to the work that has to be done leading up to the game. If he can do those things, he has enough power and ability to become a backup nose with eventual starter potential.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster