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Grading System
DEMETRIN VEAL
Position: DE
Class: Sr
School: Tennessee
Conference: SEC
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 288
40 Time: 5.24
Grade: 3.34

Selected by Atlanta Falcons
Round 7, pick 24 (238 overall)
BIO: Moved into a full-time starting role as a senior totaling 41 tackles, six tackles for loss with six sacks. Played in every game as a junior but started none and finished with 16-7-4. Lined up at both tackle and end.

POSITIVES: Undersized, yet explosive interior lineman. Athletic, displays good range and makes plays sideline-to-sideline. Effectively uses hand technique to keep opponents off him, disciplined and reads the action. Squares into tackles wrapping up and gives top effort.

NEGATIVES: Not a knee bender and stood up by opponents. Lacks bulk and has difficulty getting off blocks once engaged.

ANALYSIS: Still developing as a player and must improve his strength without losing any explosion. Inexperienced and will need repetition but solid practice squad material.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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