Scouting Report: Max Valles, DE/OLB

Could the "other" Virginia edge player be a better option for the Patriots?

Could the “other” Virginia edge player be a better option for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I think most of us are aware Virginia’s star edge rusher Eli Harold.  But what about Max Valles, his counterpart on the other side?  Together, these two created all sorts of problems for opposing teams. Harold may be the more polished player and the bigger name of the two, but Valles has an interesting skillset of his own. Lets take a look at his game a little closer.

Name: Max Valles

School: Virginia(So.)

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 251 Lbs.

Combine numbers:

 

  • Arm Length: 32⅝”
  • Hand Size: 9⅜”
  • 10 Yard Dash: 1.66
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.83
  • Vertical Jump: 36½”
  • Broad Jump: 121″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 7.59
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.37

Positives:

Valles has a long frame with room to add more bulk if asked to.  Valles has position flexibility.  In college, he played with his hand in the dirt and from a two point stance and looked comfortable in both.  He is quick off the snap and has good flexibility to get under blockers when rushing the passer.  He also has a nice bull rush.  Valles shows good core power when anchoring and setting the edge against the run.  He also shows good awareness of where the ball is and has a remarkable number of batted balls in his college career.  Valles has a good burst and short area quickness to get himself in position to make plays.  When Valles was asked to drop into zone coverage he looked comfortable doing so.

Negatives:

Valles is a true sophomore and has very little playing experience and is raw both physically and mentally.  He struggles against above average linemen and even tight ends and must work on his hand placement and hand fighting to become a more reliable pass rush threat.  Valles speed is limited and will struggle to cover tight ends in man coverage if asked to do so.  There is also some question to his motor as he doesn’t seem to give full effort on plays that go away from him or get beyond him.  Valles also takes too many unnecessary steps and bad angles at times and needs to learn to finish.  There are rumblings of off the field concerns as well.

Overall:

Valles is a very interesting developmental prospect.  Right now, he wins with his physical and athletic gifts.  He is not even close to a finished product, but those flashes on tape show that he has the mental capacity to do it, it just needs to be nurtured and refined.  I think their is a real possibility that you get very little out of him year one, if anything.  That being said, I think he is worth a flyer if you can get him at the right point in the draft.  What I like about him is that he does bring some position flexibility and that potential to be another chess piece the Patriots can move around to their advantage.  His teammate Eli Harold could be a first round pick, but if I can get Valles two or three rounds later I would be okay with that.  I give Valles a late fourth/early fifth round grade.

 

9 Responses to “Scouting Report: Max Valles, DE/OLB”

  1. steve earle says:

    I’m in the day three camp on this one. Looks like a long term developmental kid who if he cleared wavers would spend a year or two on the p-sqd. By then the team likely will have moved on.

  2. rdf63 says:

    Could article Mike. I watched Valles on television and he has the skills but is unpolished. He could be a good 7th round pick to develop. He will also have to add more weight and stength.

  3. J H TARBORO says:

    Reports indicate Hobart’s Ali Marpet wants to be a NY Giant!

  4. Mike Gerken says:

    Good points, but pass rushers are different animal and someone with his raw physical and athletic gifts are hard to come by. You all could be right though, and if that is the case, that would be even better. It will be interesting to see where he ends up going.

  5. acm says:

    Agree that Valles is a “very interesting developmental prospect”. For me, however, he is more of the type of player/prospect who goes in 6-7th round range i.e. priority UDFA.
    An example of when a college prospect leaves at least a year too early, imo.

    • Ryan says:

      I agree completely. Since it is likely that Valles will not be useful as a rookie, he will probably end up on the practice squad. Why use a Day 2 or early Day 3 pick on him when another team could sign him when we release him? This guy looks like a 6th-rounder through and through to me, if only because he came out before he was ready for the NFL.

    • Russell says:

      I agree this prospect would have been better off in school another year. 6th-7th round pick. I would say no, to many other better prospects.

  6. Michael says:

    Couldn’t agree any more with that scouting report myself. I wonder if he can also contribute on Special Teams.

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