Max Valles is a blank canvas for NFL teams to work with—both physically and technically. He has a long, lean frame with room to grow. As a player, he's lined up opposite Eli Harold, putting his hand in the dirt and standing up as a rush 'backer. Valles likes to win with strength, and he uses his hands well to stack and shed blockers on the edge. He's agile enough to whip around the edge as a pass-rusher and will show speed and toughness when coming off the corner.
Valles' lower body needs to be filled out, so adding strength needs to be a priority early. He'll try too often to attack the outside shoulder and can be predictable as a pass-rusher. Oftentimes he displays paralysis by analysis on the field and doesn't attack as quickly as you’d like. He's a raw, high-ceiling player but comes in with a low floor.
Tackles Sacks Tackles for Loss
55 8.0 12.5
PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Manny Lawson, Buffalo Bills
Athletically, Valles and Manny Lawson are very similar, but Lawson was ahead of him as a technician and was more pro-ready right away. Valles has potential and impressive athleticism but needs time to develop.
FINAL GRADE: 5.30/9.0 (Quality Backup)