Vinnie Sunseri, SS

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 210 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

The son of former Alabama assistant coach and current Florida State defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, Vinnie's instincts, toughness and penchant for the big play made him a fan favorite for the Crimson Tide.

Unfortunately, his lack of ideal measureables and recovery from a torn ACL make his projection to the NFL much less favorable.

With sophomore sensation Landon Collins effectively replacing Sunseri following his injury suffered Oct. 19 against Arkansas, the junior made the decision to enter the NFL with a year of eligibility remaining. He leaves Alabama with 105 career tackles and four interceptions, including two in 2013. Each of the interceptions during his injury-shortened junior campaign Sunseri returned for touchdowns, coming against Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: A virtual coach on the field. Highly instinctive defender who frequently points out formations, alerting teammates to potential play-calls.

Gritty. Attacks the line of scrimmage in run support, showing no hesitation to throw his body into the pile. Effective special teams player. Physical tackler who wraps his arms and brings his hips upon contact.

Alert in coverage. Keeps his eyes focused the quarterback and isn't afraid to jump routes. Good ball skills. Extends to pluck and has reliable hands. Compact turning motion with at least fair overall speed for coverage responsibilities.

WEAKNESSES: Possesses a short, thick frame and isn't a top-notch athlete. Relies upon excellent diagnostic skills rather than fluidity or acceleration to be effective in coverage and can be a liability against speedy receivers, as a result. Comes in too aggressive on some of his tackle attempts, leaving avenues in which quicker ballcarriers can cut back against the grain and leave him stranded.

Suffered a torn ACL Oct. 19 and must prove his health in pre-draft exams.

COMPARES TO: Cody Grimm, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Grimm's instincts and toughness helped him stick in Tampa for three years before being cut in 2013. Sunseri could have similar struggles sticking with an NFL roster. While scouts will love his mind and heart, the reality is that he does not possess the frame nor the athleticism to stick in most schemes.

--Rob Rang (2/4/14)

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