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Vinnie Sunseri | Safety

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 217

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Saints selected Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri with the No. 167 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Sunseri (5-foot-11, 209) played dime back, safety and special teams at Alabama before tearing his left ACL last October. Despite the injury, Sunseri declared for the pros as a true junior. He was an ascending player before the ligament tear, recording four interceptions and seven tackles for loss across his final 21 games. Healthy enough to participate at the Crimson Tide's Pro Day, Sunseri ran forty times of 4.52 and 4.53. A highly productive college gunner, Sunseri will open his career on special teams. He is physical and athletic enough to eventually earn snaps at safety. Sat, May 10, 2014 03:36:00 PM

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Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri believes he will match Adrian Peterson's turnaround from ACL surgery.

Peterson's injury occurred on a Christmas Eve and he was ready to play by Week 1 the next season. Sunseri tore his ACL against Arkansas last October and recorded 40-yard dash times of 4.48 and 4.52 at 209 pounds at Alabama's second pro-day workout on Tuesday. "My therapist, Kevin Wilk, has worked out a bunch of great players. The one person he worked out that I've tried to emulate is Adrian Peterson coming off his ACL," Sunseri said. "He worked out Adrian Peterson, he said I'm neck and neck with Adrian Peterson about how I came off surgery, how I've recovered. It was just an ACL, it wasn't a meniscus, or an MCL or any cartilage (damage). Clean tear, came back good, a great experience. I feel awesome."
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 07:57:00 PM

ESPN's Joe Schad reports that Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri ran a 4.48 and 4.50 forty at his pro day.

"Former Bama S Vinnie Sunseri ran a 4.48 and 4.50 at pro day; fast recovery from knee injury," Schad tweeted. With Sunseri just four months removed from tearing his ACL, it's quite impressive that the 6-foot, 210-pound safety has showed a strong progress in his recovery. Sunseri has a good chance to be a late Day two or early Day three selection.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 11:39:00 AM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage mentioned that Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri models his game after Ed Reed.

"Former 'Bama safety Vinnie Sunseri indicated on SiriusXMNFL that Ed Reed is the NFL player he has tried to emulate the most," Savage tweeted. Sunseri is a highly instinctive prospect who routinely points out formations, alerting teammates to potential play-calls. Growing up, Sunseri idolized the great Ed Reed, and isn't afraid to test opposing quarterbacks by jumping routes like his idol. Only four months removed from ACL surgery to his left knee, Sunseri is hoping to be a late second day, early third day-type pick. He'll be medically cleared to participate in Alabama's second Pro Day on April 8th.
Fri, Apr 4, 2014 04:05:00 AM

Alabama S Vinnie Sunseri (ACL) didn't participate in his pro day.

Sunseri's shredded the ACL in his left knee in October, an injury that kept him out of February's combine and March's pro day. He will reportedly be medically cleared to participate in Alabama's second pro day in April. The 6-foot, 210-pounder has a chance to be a late Day 2 or early Day 3 selection.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 07:12:00 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage tweeted that Alabama junior S Vinnie Sunseri will participate in Alabama's second pro day in April.

"Spoke to Bama's Vinnie Sunseri at airport. Says he is cleared to begin running and will participate in second pro day for Tide in early April," Savage tweeted. It was almost expected that Sunseri would come back for another year to improve his draft stock after tearing his ACL in October. The 6-foot, 210-pound Midseason All-American must feel that he's proved enough to NFL teams to take that next step. Sunseri has a chance to be a late second day, early third day-type pick, if all goes well at his pro day.
Tue, Feb 25, 2014 11:25:00 PM

Alabama junior S Vinnie Sunseri will declare for the NFL draft.

The news is somewhat surprising, not because of Sunseri's talent, but because he missed a large portion of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in October. He and Landon Collins were expected to dominate the back half for Alabama next year, but Sunseri has a chance to be a late second day, early third day-type pick. He is the son of defensive line coach Sal Sunseri. Vinnie has heavily contributed to Alabama's success since the 2011 season.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 09:56:00 AM

Updating a previous item, Alabama junior S Vinnie Sunseri will miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to a torn ACL in his left knee, according to beat writer Marq Burnett.

Saban told reporters that the injury could be serious following the school's win over Arkansas. "Vinnie, from a character standpoint as a person, is one of the best guys I've ever had the opportunity to coach," Saban added. Top prospect Ha Ha Clinton-Dix returned form a two game suspension, so the timing could be worse.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:48:00 AM

Alabama junior S Vinnie Sunseri could be lost for the season with a knee injury sustained against Arkansas.

Sunseri will have an MRI on Sunday, and head coach Nick Saban said the injury "could be serious." Fellow junior safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix just returned from a suspension, but Sunseri is known for his ability to make sure the defense is aligned in the proper formation on the field. Some have even called him an extension of Saban during the game.
Sun, Oct 20, 2013 10:45:00 AM

Regarding playing defense against Texas A&M, Alabama junior S Vinnie Sunseri noted "don’t take your eye off your man, or Coach Saban gon’ kill you."

Saban "makes sure that you know exactly what’s on every single play," Sunseri said. "And if you know what to do on every single play, then you know who you have whenever the play breaks down and he (Manziel) starts to scramble around." Keeping focused on your assignment must be a point of emphasis this week for Alabama, since fellow safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said the same to the media. Our own Ross Fulton wrote a feature on how Saban might slow down Johnny Manziel this week, so check it out.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 02:30:00 PM

At Alabama's A-Day game Vinny Sunseri shows why he should replace Mark Barron at safety.

Sunseri shined at the Alabama A-Day game recording two interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also recovered a fumble which he returned for another touchdown. Nothing is official, but with his performance Sunceri has stood out and should be the starter opposite Robert Lester. It must be noted that although just a spring game he did this against Alabama’s first string offense.
Fri, May 18, 2012 02:24:00 PM