Nebraska defensive tackle Vincent Valentine is going to forgo his senior season in Lincoln and will enter the NFL Draft. Valentine made the announcement earlier today on Twitter.
— Vincent Valentine (@TheRealVRVJ) January 11, 2016
It’s not guaranteed that Valentine will get drafted. But after obtaining a degree in journalism he decided to go ahead and give the NFL a shot. At 6’3 325 pounds Valentine is a monster on the defensive line and show flashes of being a dominant player. However, an ankle injury slowed him down in 2015 and he missed five games during the season.
Statistically “Big V” had a better year as a sophomore. Valentine could probably benefit from another year in school and would have a better shot at being drafted a little higher in 2017.
Most draft experts have Valentine as a late round pick at best and could be an undrafted free agent which might be his best chance at making an NFL roster. The former Husker could sign with a team that needs help on the defensive line and is thin at defensive tackle. Valentine and his agent will have to do their due diligence to find the best fit if that happens.
A potential spot for Valentine could be Tennessee. The Titans could use a big body up front and he would be a good fit for Dick LeBeau if he is retained as defensive coordinator in Nashville.