WSU defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao will have to make a roster the hard way in order to take the next step in his football career, as he went unselected in the NFL Draft and will reportedly sign as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to The Seattle Times' Stefanie Loh.
A four-year starter, Vaeao -- who hails from Pago Pago, American Samoa -- was a disruptive force in the interior defensive line for the Cougars, registering 40 overall tackles in 2015 with 12 of them for loss including 4.5 sacks. For his career, he totaled 83 tackles with 19 for loss including seven sacks.
Vaeao has played all along the defensive line in his career for WSU, seeing snaps as the "Buck" linebacker (hybrid DE/LB) as a freshman in WSU's 3-4 before moving to end during his middle years and then finally tackle as a senior.
If there's one thing that an NFL team probably found intriguing about Vaeao, it's his potential to rush the passer from the interior on passing downs, which has taken on an increased emphasis in the league with guys like Seattle's Michael Bennett starting on the outside on standard downs before dropping down inside with the sole purpose of creating havoc with the pocket.