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Road to the NFL Draft: Max Valles

Position: Edge rusher.

School: Virginia.

Combine measureables: 6-foot-5, 251 pounds

Combine stats: 40: 4.83 seconds. Vertical: 36.5 inches. Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inch. 3-cone drill: 7.59 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.37 seconds.

Career stats: 22 games, 78 tackles (32 solo, 18 for loss), 13 sacks, 12 passes defended, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception.

Draft projection: Fifth-sixth round.

Lowdown: A third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2014, Valles was one of 10 Cavaliers to start all 12 games. His nine sacks was second in the ACC. … At 20, Valles is the youngest player in the draft. … Leaving school with two years of eligibility remaining, however, means there are big concerns about how raw Valles is. His instincts are lacking and he needs more experience. Because of that, he shouldn’t be counted on as a rookie. … Part of three state championship teams in high school.

They said it: “Max had to do what was best for him and his family. I think he would have benefited from playing for us one or two more years. But there’s no question he has a lot of potential because of his versatility. Not only can he rush the passer, but he can also cover tight ends. I have no doubt that someone will be drafting him.” – Virginia coach Mike London in an interview with the Press of Atlantic City, N.J.

— Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 45 prospects in 45 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.

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