By: Steve Johnson
Vita Vea, DT Washington
6’4 347 32 5/8″ arms, 10″ hands
2015: 13 games. 17 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF
2016: 14 games. 39 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 pass break up, 1 FF
2017: 13 games. 43 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks. 4 pass break ups
Accolades: 2016 Second-team All-Pac-12, 2017 First-Team All-Pac-12, 2017 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
History: Three-star recruit out of Milpitas, CA. He came to Washington in the fall of 2014 at 6’3 260 and redshirted. Played running back and defensive line in high school. Also played basketball. Tongan ancestry.
Strengths: Massive human with brute strength (41 reps of 225 at combine). Violent hands at point of attack. Can toss blockers aside. Too much for just one blocker. Can play both a 2 gap and 1 gap system. Dominant swim move. Good light feet. Dancing bear.
Weaknesses: Raw, technique will still need to be coached up. Needs to get his pad level lower. Needs to do a better job staying on his feet, you see him on the ground a lot. He might not be a 3 down player. Average get off.
Overview: Vea is a big, strong, and light footed defensive tackle. He is still somewhat raw and needs to work on his pass rushing skill set. Vita is versatile enough to play as a 5-technique or NT in a 3-4, or as a 1-technique in a 4-3.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.60
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