2015 NFL DRAFT

Joe Vellano, DT

School: Maryland  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Rexford, NY
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 306 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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LATEST NEWS
05/03/2013 - Patriots sign 19 Rookie Free Agents...Vellano, 24, played defensive tackle as a sophomore and junior before being moved to end as a senior at Maryland. The 6-2, 285-pounder, was elected as a team captain in 2011 and 2012 and was All-ACC First-Team as a senior in 2012 after finishing with 61 total tackles and six sacks. - New England Patriots

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: DT-Joe Vellano, Maryland, 6-1, 285, Sr., Rexford, N.Y. (20), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.

Despite playing with lingering injuries for much of the season, Vellano managed to make 61 tackles, 14.0 for a loss, and six sacks. The senior ranked fourth in the league with 1.17 TFLs per game and seventh with 0.50 sacks per game. - Maryland football

12/01/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DT-Joe Vellano, Maryland (80)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Despite playing with lingering injuries for much of the season, Vellano managed to make 61 tackles, 14.0 for a loss, and six sacks. The senior ranked fourth in the league with 1.17 TFLs per game and seventh with 0.50 sacks per game. - Maryland football

11/13/2012 - 11/12/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: DT JOE VELLANO, MARYLAND...The Maryland football program has suffered numerous injuries that have contributed in the Terp's six losses over the last eight games. But one of the few consistent players for Maryland has been senior defensive tackle Joe Vellano, who is tied for the ACC-lead in tackles for loss (14.0). With the defense moving to more of a three-man front this season, Vellano has played both inside and outside on the defensive line, but has been productive at both spots. He uses his eyes well to locate and attack the run, showing range to make plays away from the line of scrimmage. Vellano does a nice job with his arms and hands to shed initial blocks with the quickness to burst into the backfield and make the stop. He is a physical, gutsy player and sells out for his team on each play, not slowing down, even late in games or blowouts. Listed at 6-2 and 285 pounds, Vellano is a bit of a DE/DT tweener and can get lost in the trash at times, but scouts can't help but be impressed by his production and effort on every snap. Most players with his measurables are lucky to get a call from NFL teams after the draft, but Vellano has the motor and NFL instincts to be a late round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/11/2012 - ACC: PLAYERS WHOSE NFL DRAFT STOCK IS RISING - WEEK 2: DT Joe Vellano, Maryland: Vellano (6-2, 285 pounds) turned a lot of heads last year with 94 tackles as a defensive tackle. However, he did not make a lot of plays behind the line with just 7.5 tackles for loss. Through two games this year, Vellano already has five tackles for loss and has helped lead a resurgence on defense for the Terrapins. Maryland ranked No. 111 last year against the run, allowing 219.8 yards per game. On Saturday, the Terrapins held Temple to 52 rushing yards on 39 carries. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

09/10/2012 - KEEP AN EYE ON: DE Joe Vellano was so key to the Temple win, even though he had just four tackles. Vellano stripped RB Matt Brown on the game's first play, the fumble setting Maryland up for a quick start. Vellano also had a sack and another tackle for loss. He's a defensive lineman worth taking your eye off the ball and following if you're a fan of great football. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - LOOKING GOOD: The front seven of that new 3-4 defense held William & Mary to 2.5 yards per rush and was instrumental in 10 tackles behind the line and four sacks. Oh, and Joe Vellano, who led all FBS linemen with 7.8 tackles per game last year, looked fine shifted out to DE. He had 11 tackles. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: William & Mary got six points following two Terrapin turnovers on their side of the field. Other than some issues in pass coverage, Maryland's new 3-4 defense acquitted itself well with four sacks, 10 total tackles for losses, success on 10-of-16 third downs and coming up with a big turnover to seal the victory. MLB Demetrius Hartsfield had 13 tackles and DE Joe Vellano looks as good as he did at defensive tackle last year, when he was an All-American. The secondary, which had three pass interference penalties and trouble on deep balls, will be a Temple target this week, no doubt. - The Sports Xchange

09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY NOTABLE PERFORMANCE: Joe Vellano, Maryland. Defensive tackle had 11 tackles, 2 for losses and an interception in 7-6 win over William & Mary. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): DT Joe Vellano, Maryland (58), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. Vellano was a consensus first team All-ACC choice following the 2011 season and received 58 votes for the 2012 Preseason All-ACC team, third most among defensive players. The senior has also been named to the preseason watch lists for five national awards: the Bednarik, Lombardi and Walter Camp Awards, and the Bronco Nagurski and Outland Trophies. Vellano is one of four 2011 All-Americans to be chosen to the team, joining David Amerson of NC State, Omoregie Uzzi of Georgia Tech and Sammy Watkins of Clemson. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Defensive Tackle: 1. Joe Vellano, MD, 58...2. Nikita Whitlock, WF, 33...3. Everett Dawkins, FSU, 22...4. Sylvester Williams, UNC, 13 - Maryland football

07/24/2012 - Although Maryland was just 2-10 last season, defensive tackle Joe Vellano never stopped hustling, making 20 tackles in one game and recording double figures in several others. He finished the season with 94, which are linebacker's numbers. "I just kind of got in a rhythm midway through the year," he said. "I just kept making plays and kept grinding, hustling. I've kind of always been the underdog, I wasn't that highly recruited out of high school, being a smaller guy out of upstate New York. I like that (role) better. But now people are looking for it so you've got to step your game up even more, really." The Terps have a new defensive coordinator in Brian Stewart and have switched to a 3-4 defense. Vellano is listed as a defensive end but said he'll move around, depending on the situation. - Bill Hass, ACC football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. Vellano has started in each of the last 25 games for Maryland, averaging 6.3 tackles per game over that span. His 7.8 tackles per game last season led all FBS linemen. - Maryland football

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: Joe Vellano, senior, DL, Maryland, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. Vellano has been named to the watch list for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, marking the fifth different watch list the All-American has been named to in the past two weeks. Vellano is one of 11 players on the list that earned Walter Camp All-America honors last season. The 50-man watch list includes both offensive and defensive players and will be narrowed to 10 semi-finalists in mid-November. The 2012 award recipient, which is voted on by the 124 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on SportsCenter on Dec. 6. Vellano has started in each of the last 25 games for Maryland, averaging 6.3 tackles per game over that span. His 7.8 tackles per game last season led all FBS linemen. - Maryland football

07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Joe Vellano, Maryland, DT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. A consensus first team All-ACC selection and a second team All-American as a junior, Vellano led the FBS in tackles by a lineman with 7.8 per game last season. Vellano has started the last 25 games for Maryland, racking up 157 tackles including 18 for loss in that span. His 7.5 career sacks are tops on the team among returnees. - Maryland football

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. A consensus first team All-ACC selection and a second team All-American as a junior, Vellano led the FBS in tackles by a lineman with 7.8 per game last season. Vellano has started the last 25 games for Maryland, racking up 157 tackles including 18 for loss in that span. His 7.5 career sacks are tops on the team among returnees. - Maryland football

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Joe Vellano, Maryland, DT, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. A consensus first team All-ACC selection and a second team All-American as a junior, Vellano led the FBS in tackles by a lineman with 7.8 per game last season. Vellano has started the last 25 games for Maryland, racking up 157 tackles including 18 for loss in that span. His 7.5 career sacks are tops on the team among returnees. - Maryland football

06/18/2012 - Top-five Maryland prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. DT Joe Vellano (6-1, 285)...It's not often that defensive linemen get near triple digits in tackles, but Vellano came close last season, totaling 94 stops as a junior in 2011. A naturally strong and powerful player, he also plays smart and disciplined, getting the most out of his ability while trying to live up to his family's legacy. Vellano, who was also recruited by Penn State and Boston College, committed to the Terps the moment he was offered a scholarship, the same institution where his father starred at defensive tackle. In fact, the Vellanos are the first father-son All-America combo at the same school in ACC history. After redshirting, the younger Vellano was an injured back-up in 2009 before becoming a starter as a sophomore in 2010. He started all 25 games the past two seasons at defensive tackle, but will move to defensive end as Maryland transitions to a three-man front in 2012. Vellano is a productive player because of his nonstop motor, quickness off the snap and hard work as the coaching staff raves about his dedication on the practice field, in the weight room and in the film room. And if he can build upon his All-American season from last year, look for Vellano to be a riser leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2012 - 2012 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Joe Vellano, Maryland, DT, 6-1, 285 (Rexford, NY): Most tackles of all defensive linemen in the country last year with 94...All-ACC choice, 2nd team All-American...Team captain...Had 20 tackles vs. Georgia Tech. - Lott IMPACT Trophy

 
 
LATEST NEWS
05/03/2013 - Patriots sign 19 Rookie Free Agents...Vellano, 24, played defensive tackle as a sophomore and junior before being moved to end as a senior at Maryland. The 6-2, 285-pounder, was elected as a team captain in 2011 and 2012 and was All-ACC First-Team as a senior in 2012 after finishing with 61 total tackles and six sacks. - New England Patriots

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