Photo of Tanner Vallejo
Drafted By: Bills

Combine Results

Grade
5.11 ?
  • 4.67 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 33.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.39 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Vallejo projects as a standout special-teamer with the ability in coverage to earn a job in subpackage groups. He's a bottom of the roster type who needs to stay healthy and make his mark in the two aforementioned areas if he's going to stick around. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 30 1/2" Arm Length
  • 228LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Overview

The high school All-American from California was part of Boise's pipeline into the state that has fueled the team's ascension into the top tier of college football programs. He played in 11 games, starting six as a true freshman (51 tackles, 5.5 for loss, three pass breakups) after the team burned his redshirt two games into the year. Vallejo led the team with 100 tackles as a sophomore, including 16.5 for loss, three sacks, one interception and four pass breakups, garnering second-team All-Mountain West accolades and winning MVP awards for the MWC championship game (13 tackles, three TFL, pick-six) and Fiesta Bowl (14 tackles, 1.5 sacks). He was an honorable mention all-conference selection in 2015 (57 tackles, eight TFL, two forced fumbles, two blocked kicks), though he missed two games due to injury and was suspended for the team's bowl game for violating team rules. Vallejo struggled with injuries during his senior year, playing with braces on both arms at times before shutting it down after nine games in order to have surgery on his right wrist in November. He earned honorable mention All-Mountain West notice by making 69 tackles, six for loss, in just nine games.

Analysis

Strengths

Team-first player who played through severe wrist pain for almost the entire season. Sophomore season proved how productive he could be when allowed to play in the middle. Instinctive and quick to anticipate play flow. Takes aggressive contain angle when needed. Has a good feel for most efficient path to the ball. Maintains run fits and looks to spill the ball wide whenever possible. Plays with reactive athleticism to break down and quickly redirect his weight into runners trying to cut back. Shows a willingness to take on lead blockers with a leveraged shoulder. Good play speed with range to chase from sideline to sideline. Athletic enough to handle deep Cover-2 drops if called on.

Weaknesses

Angular frame with very short arms and may not be able to carry much more functional mass. Has never matched production total from two seasons ago. Below average play strength. Will struggle to unlock from a strong punch and fight back into the play. Could have issues leveraging his gap in the NFL. Can be washed away if he doesn't trigger downhill and stay one step ahead of blockers. Lacks thud behind his pads as a hitter. Has had issues sliding off of tackles. Has had to deal with injuries over the last two seasons and had to shut it down this season due to worsening of his wrist injury suffered in September.

Draft Projection

Round 7-PFA

Sources Tell Us

"You might as well throw out this year because the guy was in a ton of pain all year long. It was obvious that something was wrong early in the year. I hate going all the way back to his sophomore year but I think you have to at least look at that tape to get a feel for who he might be able to become." -- NFC regional scout

NFL Comparison

Dominique Alexander

Bottom Line

Vallejo's outstanding production his sophomore season is one of the things keeping him alive in scouting circles. From a physical standpoint, he's an undersized inside linebacker who lacks the long levers needed to keep offensive linemen off of him. His instincts and third-down ability are plusses, but he'll need to find the right 3-4 fit or attempt to move to an outside linebacker role in a 4-3. Vallejo has NFL backup potential.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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

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