Washington State defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao is considered an intriguing prospect with a lot of upside in this year's NFL draft, and Vaeao (6-foot-4, 298 pounds) likely upped his draft stock considerably after his performance in Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Washington State defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao is considered an intriguing prospect with a lot of upside in this year’s NFL draft, and Vaeao (6-foot-4, 298 pounds) likely upped his draft stock considerably after his performance in Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Vaeao had a huge fourth quarter for the National team in a 18-17 victory over the American team in Carson, Calif. on Saturday night.
Pro Football Focus Draft Analyst Jordan Plocher wrote Monday that Vaeao graded out as the top player from the National team in Saturday’s game.
“Washington State defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (+3.1) was Team National’s highest-graded player. He had one stop in the run game but more importantly had one of the biggest plays of the game with the rare sack/forced fumble/fumble recovery triple-play. Vaeao has NFL potential and graded positively for the year both as a pass rusher and a run defender,” Plocher wrote in his postgame evaluation.
The Cougars’ defensive tackle broke away from a double team and forced former Utah quarterback Travis Wilson to fumble. The National team capitalized on the turnover when Missouri’s Andrew Baguette kicked 23-yard a go-ahead field goal.
But Vaeao wasn’t done. He stripped Wilson again later in the fourth quarter, before finishing the game by recovering a fumble on the very last play.
As CBS Sports Draft Analyst Rob Rang told The Seattle Times last week, Vaeao’s potential and sheer power are his greatest assets, and he’ll likely be a mid-round draft pick this spring.
WSU receiver Dom Williams also played on the National team and had one catch in traffic in the fourth quarter.
Williams’ reception went for 22 yards and came from Southern Utah quarterback Ammon Olsen.