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Washington State defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao signs as UFA with Eagles, LB Kache Palacio with Rams

DESTINY VAEAO, who came on strong his senior season at Washington State in 2015, is headed to the city of brotherly love. The Philadelphia Eagles signed the 6-4, 298-pound Pago Pago, American Samoa native as an undrafted free agent.

Plus, Kache Palacio, who finished his WSU career ranked No. 10 all-time with 16 sacks Washington State history, is headed to Los Angeles. 

The Rams signed the 6-2, 231-pound Gardena, Calif. native as an undrafted free agent after the NFL draft came to a close. He racked up 146 total tackles during his WSU career, with 26 for loss, 17 sacks and eight forced fumbles.

Palacio, who was being looked at by some teams as a possible fullback, tells CF.C he's headed to Los Angeles as a linebacker.

Meanwhile, Vaeao told CF.C "it feels good" to know where he's headed. He never redshirted at Washington State and started 35 games over his Cougar career.

Vaeao started every game this past season, posting 41 tackles (20 solo) and finishing second on the team with 12 tackles for loss, with 4 1/2 sacks.

Vaeao's NFL Pro Day Measurements:
40 time (best): 5.19 seconds
Vertical leap: 35 1/2 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet
Bench: 27 reps of 225 pounds

Expert Analysis on Vaeao:
NFL.com: Shows some looseness of hips and above average athleticism for the interior. Excellent quickness off the snap into the neutral zone and laterally when called on. Quickness and pad level creates leverage advantages in the gaps. Disruptive against the run and makes impact stuffs… Showed some inconsistency in withstanding down blocks from power players. Has power to 2-gap, but double teams might be too much for him. Can become more efficient with his hands.

Rob Rang, CBS Sports: He shows good initial quickness off the ball, penetrating gaps with surprising burst … Vaeao's best attribute, however, is his core strength, which he uses well to stand up would-be blockers in the hole to plug the run. Vaeao anchors well, showing good balance and leg drive ... He locates the ball quickly and arrives with thunder… Vaeao's ability to disrupt is largely based on his natural size/strength/burst combination rather than polished technique.


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