WSU’s Destiny Vaeao catches ESPN analyst’s attention

WASHINGTON STATE defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao, practicing this week in Carson, Calif., ahead of Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, caught the attention of an ESPN commentator Thursday.

On the ESPNU broadcast of Thursday’s practice, Dan Hawkins, former Colorado and Boise State head coach, liked what he saw of Vaeao during one-on-one drills.

Hawkins was doing a voice-over on the live action when Vaeao beat his man.

“One on one blocking, this is where you really see the essence of guys come to life with their competitiveness, their strength, they athletic ability -- there you see Destiny right there, just coming off the ball.  Good arm-over, good separation. That will come into play in the game on Saturday,” said Hawkins.

Vaeao and wide receiver Dom Williams will play for the NFLPA’s National team on Saturday (3 p.m., ESPN2). NFL draft guru Rob Rang told CF.C he expects Vaeao's stock to rise considerably in the coming weeks and months.

Vaeao, out of Pago Pago, American Samoa,  was named second-team All-Pac-12 after starting all 13 games this past season. He posted 41 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss with 4.5 sacks. Vaeao also forced one fumble, recovered one and blocked a kick. He started 35 games over his WSU career.

Vaeao and Williams are two of three Cougars playing in senior All-Star games as NFL teams gear up for April’s draft.

Left tackle Joe Dahl will play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 30 (11:30 a.m., NFL Network).

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