Vadal has good overall athletic talent to play more than one position on the
offensive line. He shows quick feet and has just enough foot speed to be used as
a pulling guard or tackle. He uses solid overall techniques and this year,
playing Right Tackle seemed to fit him better than playing guard in the past.
Vadal shows on film that he can handle speed rushers by turning his hips and
driving them up the field when he is getting beat. Vadal has the football
intelligence, athletic talent and techniques to become a starting Right Tackle
for the team that selects him in this draft.
Vadal has improved and has lost weight this year which shows that he just might
have the work ethic to keep improving. However, all of this improvement was in
the last year of college and it makes you wonder once a contract is signed how
much he will continue to improve. He needs to work hard on his upper and lower
body strength because as he improves in those areas, you can see on film that he
gets more aggressive and confident. With that confidence building this year you
can see some leadership skills in his play and more pride in his blocking.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 3
I believe that Vadal has a future as a Right Tackle in the NFL. I like his
potential at that position although Iím sure if he builds up his body with the
needed strength and continues to work hard, he should be able to play guard and
even be moved inside to the important Left Guard position. I donít think he has
the athletic quickness laterally to play Left Tackle but you never know. The key
is for Vadal to continue with a good work ethic to improve in all facets of his
game and when he reaches his peak athletic talent, along with the ability to use
good technique, should allow Vadal to become a core offensive lineman for the
team that selects him. He has a good future if he continues on the same path of
overall improvement he has been on this year.