Earlier, we looked at Conrad Obi, a defensive lineman coming out of Colorado. The next player that we will look at also comes from a Pac-12 school. Paul Vassallo is a productive linebacker coming out of Tucson, playing his collegiate career with the Wildcats.
To find out more about Vassallo and get some projections on whether or not he makes the team, hit the jump.
Here is what the Cardinals press release has to say about Vassallo:
Arizona linebacker PAUL VASSALLO (6-3, 247) started all 25 games in his two years with the Wildcats and totaled 172 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, four pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble. In 2010, he was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 after leading the Wildcats with 102 tackles. Vassallo began his college career at Nevada before transferring to Sierra College (Rocklin, CA) where he played his first two years.
We can see the pros of having a player of this caliber on your team right away. He has decent size, he can get to the QB, he can stuff the run and he appears to play well in space. Oh, and apparently the Cardinals have a thing for freakish athletes. Check out the video below:
At the U of A pro day, Vassallo ran a 4.86 second 40-yard dash and his 3 cone drill time was a respectable 7.1 seconds. Unfortunately, he was only able to put up 16 reps of 225 pounds on the bench. With his body type, he can definitely afford to put on some weight in the form of muscle. As long as it doesn't slow him down or limit his playmaking abilities (which I suspect it won't), he should be fine.
If we can overlook the fact that he went to U of A (go Devils!), then I actually must say I like Vassallo as a member of the Cardinals. He can do a plethora of things for your team on the field and he can play inside or outside linebacker. The Cards are always looking for depth at linebacker given the system they utilize, so I see Vassallo as a prime candidate to make the practice squad if he works for it.
What are your thoughts on Paul Vassallo? Do you see him making the team? Tell us what you think in the comments section and vote in the poll.