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Grading System
Vince Wilfork - DT Position: DT
Class: Underclassman
School: Miami (FL)
Conference: Big East
Ht., Wt.: 6'1½, 323
40 Time: 5.13
Grade: 4.43

Selected by New England Patriots
Round 1, pick 21 (21 overall)
BIO: First team all-conference selection as a junior after posting 64/11/6. Sophomore totals included 43/15/7 tackling after 41/11/1 as a freshman.

POSITIVES: Powerful, game-controlling defensive player that can be an unstoppable force. Top athlete that displays explosion off the snap, plays with leverage and bull rushes opponents up the field. Quickly closes to the action, immediately alters his angle of attack and chases the action from behind. Squares and wraps tackling bringing ball carriers down on initial contact. Displays an array of moves getting off blocks.

NEGATIVES: Looked overweight and out of shape as a junior and as though he was playing not to get hurt. Lackadaisical off the ball and inconsistent at times.

ANALYSIS: Displaying flashes of dominance, Wilfork is an explosive defender in the middle of the line. Had a lot of inconsistency issues last season which is dropping him down draft boards but a good prospect at a priority position.

PROJECTION: Mid First Round

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