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#71
Vinston Painter
Team: Virginia Tech HokiesHeight: 6-6 Born: 10/11/1989
Position: TWeight: 309 Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Class-Eligibility: GS-Sr


Scouting Report
Painter originally arrived on the Blacksburg campus as a defensive tackle, but ultimately was switched over to the other side of the ball and primarily played guard and tackle his final two seasons with the Hokies. He was a full-time starter in 2012, earning honorable mention all-ACC honors by conference coaches. Painter made the most of his invite to the NFL scouting combine and was among the offensive lineman leaders in the 40-yard dash at 4.95 seconds, also leaving a mark with a 30.5-inch vertical leap. Those performances, in addition to a solid across-the-board effort, gave him enough confidence to only go through position drills for scouts at Virginia Tech's pro day last month. Painter's limited experience is a double-edged sword. On the downside, he doesn't have a full body of work that shows what he does well on a consistent basis, so he can be somewhat of a gamble in the eyes of NFL teams. However, he also hasn't played so much that his body has taken a beating, his technique will be pliable at the next level and he's shown that he has the raw ability to compete on Sundays. An extremely well-conditioned athlete, Painter will almost certainly be a mid-round selection who should hear his name called sometime on the draft's final day.