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Report: Alabama DB Vinnie Sunseri will declare for NFL draft

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ESPN’s Joe Schad reported on Sunday that Alabama safety Vinnie Sunseri will bypass his final season of college eligibility and declare for the NFL draft.

Sunseri, a junior, is moving on despite his ongoing recovery from a torn ACL that took place in the Crimson Tide’s game against Arkansas in mid-October. Prior to the injury, Sunseri had 20 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown against Texas A&M

The 6-foot, 210-pounder was excellent in run support and nimble in space before his injury, but will have to show he’s got his speed back if he wants to be selected in the early rounds of this draft.

Don’t worry about Alabama. One big-time safety leaves and another will step up and take his place. While Sunseri and starting free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are both headed to the NFL, rising juniors Landon Collins (who started when Sunseri was hurt) and Geno Smith are ready to become stars in their own right.

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12 Responses to “Report: Alabama DB Vinnie Sunseri will declare for NFL draft”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Jan 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    He’s been a solid player for BAMA and I wish him all the best…

    Roll Tide….

  2. dcroz says: Jan 12, 2014 4:20 PM

    Actually, both of his interceptions were pick-sixes; the other came against Virginia Tech.

    Our secondary was never the same without Sunseri. It’s funny, because at the start of the 2012 season many experts thought of him as a liability. He either had them fooled or improved dramatically over the course of that season into this past season until his injury. I was hoping he’d come back for his senior year, but I wish him the best as he embarks on his NFL career. He’s going to be a great one for whomever is lucky enough to snag him.

  3. dcroz says: Jan 12, 2014 4:23 PM

    Oh, and then there’s this little nugget:

    I think I’ve walked into an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” and Saban has been replaced by Rod Serling.

  4. dhardy8207 says: Jan 12, 2014 4:28 PM

    dcroz says;

    “I think I’ve walked into an episode of “The Twilight Zone,” and Saban has been replaced by Rod Serling.”

    Lol… This past week when I learned that Lane Kiffin interviewed for the OL coordinator I had a little palpitation. Then later that day I thought “Oh dear GOD PLEASE don’t let his pappy come with him.

    Needless to say when I heard Chris Rumph was leaving for UT, I had some palpitations with a bit of shortness of breath….

  5. jimbo75025 says: Jan 12, 2014 5:44 PM

    Not a Bama fan, but always thought Sunseri was a good player. Typical coaches kids that is not the most physically gifted but makes up for it with work and smarts.

    Good luck to him.

  6. oldschoolnflman says: Jan 12, 2014 8:50 PM

    Is he tino sunseri’s brother (ex Pitt qb)?

  7. britkei says: Jan 12, 2014 9:37 PM

    He is the brother of the ex Pitt qb.

  8. ashutto20 says: Jan 13, 2014 1:03 AM

    Yes that is his brother…Vinnie broke his leg in a high school game and didn’t know about it and had 20 tackles in the game…True Story

  9. louhudson23 says: Jan 13, 2014 2:54 AM

    Collins and Smith have some work to do. Landon doesn’t do very well at geometry and consistently takes terrible angles and Smith is slow to make his reads….both are excellent talents and hard nosed,but have a ways to go in becoming the consistently effective players needed in “The Process”….Good luck to Vinnie….the Tide will miss him…

  10. jdbaker01 says: Jan 13, 2014 8:42 AM

    He’s leaving b/c he probably wouldnt be the starter next year. No knock on him, he’s a great player, just wouldve seen his draft stock hit by limited playing time.

  11. normtide says: Jan 13, 2014 9:07 AM

    Hardest working player on the field, and his motor never stopped. I have no doubt he will find success.

  12. dg0122 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:15 AM

    I remember watching his pops play LB at Pitt

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