Vinnie is a natural linebacker in a safety’s body. He is used a lot as an
in-the-box hybrid safety/linebacker and as a safety in a two deep zone defensive
scheme. He is smart and a coach on the field. He has very little wasted movement
and is a ball hawk and a playmaker on passing downs. He is a heads-up, wrap up,
squeeze and drive tackler. Vinnie has deceptive speed because he has a smooth
gait, but when he intercepts a pass, that’s when he can turn on the rockets and
most of the time he goes all the way. I think he has the type of athleticism and
fluidness to be used on both sides of the ball and as slot receiver on offense
and a returner on special teams. Because he is an excellent tackler in the open
field, he could bulk up and become an excellent weakside linebacker in a 4-3
defense also. There is a lot of talent to work with and a lot of football
intelligence; if Vinnie is draft by the right team, he will become a core player
for the team that drafts him.
Vinnie got injured and hasn’t been able to work out. He also plays a position
that most teams are looking for better cover skills than Vinnie possesses.
Vinnie needs the play in front of him to make plays. Vinnie is a certain fit for
a certain style of defense and this might drop him into the later rounds or be a
priority rookie free agent after the draft.
Vinnie is a natural linebacker with excellent linebacker skills. He shocks his
blocker to shed and make a tackletle. He is smart, can blitz and shows the
leadership skills that a lot of more talented and bigger players do not have.
The problem is his size, at 5’11” 210 lbs, he just would not hold up as a
starting linebacker and doesn’t have the mentality or cover skills that most
teams are looking for in their safeties. He reminds me of former
Buccaneers/Bronco safety John Lynch, but the problem is Vinnie is not as big as
John was. John Lynch was 6’2” 220 lbs. So what do you do? Vinnie has talent to
play in the NFL, I’m just not sure where. I almost think his best fit might be
as a third down back on offense or a slot receiver. He has the toughness that I
saw in the Packers Randle Cobb and the same football intelligence. I just think
a Player with that type of talent, you look to add to your team and worry about
what position they play afterwards. So late in the draft you might want to think
about drafting Vinnie because I just think that whatever side of the field he
winds up on, he will become valuable and you need these types of players if you
expect to make it into the playoffs and super bowl.