Putting Valentine on the “stock down” list might be a bit harsh. But according to a Scout.com article, senior defensive tackle Thad Randle said that Valentine has “got to get into better shape.” Randle also said that Valentine isn’t far off, and that “if he gets into better shape, he could be a monster. He’s got a lot of potential.”
Valentine certainly has the size for the position. At 6’3” and 320 pounds, Valentine has the frame to eat up blockers in the middle of the line and free up linebackers to make plays. Right now, Valentine is still practicing behind Aaron Curry and Kevin Williams, and will have to compete with Randle this fall when he returns from injury.
So it’s a stock down for Valentine, given that he hasn’t earned the starting position many hoped he would out of the gate. But he may become a buy-low candidate if Valentine is able to tap into that potential.
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