Monmouth TE Hakeem Valles rising up draft boards

Valles could be a surprise day-three pick

Monmouth tight end and Perez Sports’ client Hakeem Valles is enjoying quite a pre-draft process.  Since his career at Monmouth concluded last December, Valles has gone from little-known draft prospect to a player squarely on the NFL’s radar.

He’s even getting noticed by big media outlets, too:

At 6-foot-5, 242 pounds, Valles has maximized every opportunity to run in front of NFL scouts, registering 40-yard dash times as low as 4.59 during his school’s pro day earlier this month.  His testing results would have placed Valles among the top tight ends at the 2016 Scouting Combine, which explains the interest shown by teams like the Buccaneers, Chargers, Falcons, Jets, Giants, Eagles, Cardinals, Seahawks, Broncos and many more.

In fact, Valles has been put through his paces in private workouts by the Seahawks and Falcons and has another one scheduled for Monday with the Cardinals.  In addition to the private workouts, Valles has dined with position coaches and scouts from the Falcons, Buccaneers and Chargers.

The older brother of Max Valles, the former Virginia Cavalier and current Buffalo Bill, Hakeem looks to become another in the growing list of former Monmouth Hawks to enjoy an NFL career.  According to sources with direct knowledge of their teams’ draft boards, Valles has leapfrogged several better-known tight ends and will be in play as the third day of the 2016 NFL Draft begins.

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