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Draft Scout Scott Vallone News
03/19/13 - 2103 Rutgers Pro Day: Former Rutgers defensive tackle Scott Vallone made one more pitch to NFL scouts last week at the 2103 Rutgers pro day. Vallone went out and enjoyed a solid all-around performance in the various combine events. "I think I did well, showed some explosiveness, showed some quickness," Vallone said. "They got me 4.4 in the shuttle, 9-foot-5 in the broad [jump], good things. I'm just trying to affirm what's on the film and get an opportunity." Vallone also checked in at a solid 281 pounds. "I wish not so much stock was put into it," Vallone said of his weight. "There's times where my size was to my advantage and disadvantage."
In the bench press portion of the day, Vallone repped 225 pounds 22 times. "Coming off that shoulder surgery, I think I really got the opportunity to get that shoulder stronger," he said. "I was pretty happy with that. I think the average is like 28 at the combine so obviously you'd like to get that number. But I'm happy with what I had, especially being an undersized guy."
Vallone also heard good things from the large contingent of NFL scouts. "The first thing they say about me is high motor, plays with good technique, quick I would think. But it sticks out on film playing with that motor and playing hard," Vallone said. "I wish I got a little more credit for the skill and craftiness and speed and strength that I have. But that's okay, motor sticks in the NFL." - Bobby Deren, ScarletNation.com
12/28/12 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DL Scott Vallone is coming off a big game against Louisville, with 2.5 tackles for loss. The senior leader of the defensive line, he's a big reason why Rutgers is one of the best run defenses in the country. - The Sports Xchange
12/14/12 - He’s developed into a four-year starter and an All-Big East performer at Rutgers, one of the finest defensive players in college football. And while Vallone harbors NFL aspirations, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman is no lock to play on Sundays. “I’m on the border between a late-round pick and free agent,” Vallone said. “Right now I’m just focusing on one more bowl game.”
Vallone is sixth on the team with 50 tackles, but leads the way with 12 stops for a loss. He registered 2.5 sacks and recovered one fumble. Whatever happens against the Hokies, Vallone’s time in college will be history once the final whistle sounds. He graduates this month with a degree in economics. Then he’ll transition to preparing for an NFL future.
Vallone has been invited to play in the East-West Shrine all-star football game and his performance there and at the NFL Combine will go a long way toward determining whether he’ll making a living from football. “Hopefully I won’t have to use [my college degree] for a long time,” Vallone joked. - Jason Molinet, Huntington Patch
12/10/12 - 2012 ALL-BIG EAST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Scott Vallone, Rutgers, Sr., Central Islip, N.Y./St. Anthony’s, has been selected First Team All-BIG EAST Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Rutgers football
06/20/12 - Rutgers nose tackle Scott Vallone is perhaps the most unheralded player on his team, let alone the entire Big East. He has never gotten the pub that some of his teammates have received. Never been honored on the Big East first or second team. Yet Vallone is one of the biggest "glue guys" the Scarlet Knights have, holding everything together on the defensive line. How has he done it? Vallone has become a new-age Big East iron man, starting every game of his Rutgers career. That would be 38 to be exact, leading all returning players in the league as he heads into his senior season. "It’s definitely something I can take a little bit of pride in, but I also have a great understanding for what’s gotten me to this point," Vallone said in a recent phone interview. "Our strength and conditioning staff has done a great job getting me ready every week, and I have learned how to take care of my body. A lot of the credit has to go to the staff for having that faith in me as a redshirt freshman and realizing I could have an opportunity to make an impact." Nothing about the way his career started would have given anybody the idea that Vallone would go on to become Mr. Dependable. - Andrea Adelson, ESPN