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2018 NFL Draft

Vita Vea

DT/Washington

  • A
    6.80
    Projection
    Round 1
  • YearJunior
  • Height6-4
  • Weight347
  • Hand10
  • Arm32 ⅝
  • 40-yard5.10
  • Bench41
  • VerticalN/A
  • BroadN/A
  • 3-coneN/A
  • 20-yardN/A
  • 60-yardN/A

    Strong Points: Excellent size. Quick and light on his feet for such a big man. Good body control and change of direction. Strong and powerful, able to get penetration, hold the point and never gives ground. Very good competitor; plays down after down. Does well vs. double team blocks. Hand use has improved. Can push the pocket with his pass rush. Can eat up the run game. Good chase player. Good instincts, reacts quickly and gets to the ball. Good lateral movement, can clear piles and clear his feet.

    Weak Points: 2013 high school graduate and will be a slightly over-aged rookie. His sack production fell in 2017 to 3.5 from 5.0 in 2016. Needs to develop better pass-rush techniques. He has quickness, but Vea lacks speed. Will slow down after 10 yards.

    The Way We See It: Vita almost entered the 2017 draft but decided to stay in school. Still has another year of eligibility. He's pretty much the same player now that he was a year ago. He is a big, strong run defender with limited NFL pass rush potential. Vita has some scheme versatility in that he can play on the nose in either a 3-4 or 4-3, as well as play the 5-tech in some 3-4 schemes. He's a huge man with quickness, strength, power and competitiveness. One of the better run defenders in the draft. Can eat up single blocks and is very good vs. double teams. Can get a push as a pass rusher and come up with the occasional pressure. Overall, I see him as a two-down player at the next level who will be valuable against the run. Because of that limitation, he may last until the second round. Should come in and start and be a productive rookie.

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