Former Maryland defensive lineman Joe Vellano (6'2", 308 lbs.) is far from the most athletic defensive lineman in this year's NFL draft, but his work ethic and motor will land him on an NFL roster.
Vellano isn't among the first players you think of when mentioning this year's NFL draft class. Vellano isn't even the first in his own family.
Vellano's father Paul was a star at Maryland in the 1980s. After Joe was selected to be an All-American in 2011, the Vellanos became the first father-son duo to earn All-American honors at the same school in ACC history (UMTerps.com).
If you've seen Vellano on tape, you see that he has next-level talent; a potential caveat being that Maryland's 49th-ranked strength of schedule didn't give him the opportunity to play against better competition. Nonetheless, he accumulated 94 tackles in 2011 from the defensive tackle position.
Vellano's tenacity, relentlessness, strength and foot speed shouldn't go unnoticed, and chances are they won't by the end of the draft (CBSSports).
Here's a look at five video highlights demonstrating why Joe Vellano will land on an NFL roster.