VITA VEA

Washington
DT

Prospect Info

College
Washington
Hometown
Class
Milpitas, CA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
347 lbs
32 5/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

6.50
Chance to Become Pro Bowl-Caliber Player
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.1
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Bench Press
41
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
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Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Vea's combination of size and light feet are rare. In fact, even at about 350 pounds he was lining up as an edge rusher at times in 2016 to take advantage of his genetics. While only starting five of 14 games played as a sophomore, Pac-12 coaches voted him second-team all-conference after he compiled 39 stops, 6.5 for loss, and five sacks. Vea played in all 13 games as a reserve in 2015, posting 17 tackles, three for loss, and a sack. His play late in the year portended a bright future, though, as he forced a fumble against Washington State in the Huskies' Apple Cup win and had a sack in their bowl game. Vea did not qualify academically after finishing his high school career in Milpitas, California (eight sacks, 578 yards, 11 touchdowns rushing as a senior). He missed the 2013 season while staying home to take online courses to get himself eligible for the following fall when he redshirted with the Huskies.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Haloti Ngata
Overview
Vea's tape can frustrating because he flashes star potential one series and then looks average the next. With that said, he's still very raw and should be judged by his ability rather than just his results as he should unlock his potential with more coaching. Vea has the size and power to play nose in an odd or even front and he could be targeted by 3-4 teams looking for dominant run defender on the end. He should work into a defensive line rotation immediately and has the ability to become a good NFL starter for years.
Strengths
  • NFL-worthy size with thick hips and powerful upper body
  • Can be very intimidating at point of attack
  • Able to overpower lighter guards and usually pummels centers when isolated on them
  • Has power to press blockers off of his frame and the hip rotation and flexibility to dislodge them
  • Also utilizes booming hump move that can topple blockers off their base as a pass rush counter
  • Able to grow roots and own his grass when pad level is right
  • Two-gap defender
  • Can punch, lock out, and locate the ball
  • Above average pursuit quickness for a big man
  • Able to shed blockers and range to down the line of scrimmage to squeeze running lanes and make tackles
  • Violent hands can clear hands from his frame or soften the blocker's edge when he's rushing the passer
  • Has serious bull-rush ability once he gains momentum early in rush
  • Still very raw with much more talent to unlock
Weaknesses
  • Loses his feet and hits the turf too often
  • Base and footwork can be compromised when he gets too far out over his toes
  • Has a tendency to allow pad level to rise too much during rep
  • Lacks feel for double teams and blocking schemes
  • Second block catches him off-guard and he often does not have hands in position to work against doubles
  • Initial get-off is below average
  • Heavy-stepper as a pass rusher
  • Doesn't have flexibility or foot quickness to win around the edge as pass rusher
  • Too quick to default to brute force over technique
  • Teams may view him as run down player only
Sources Tell Us

"I'm still kind of bothered that he hasn't corrected some of the same issues he had last year. I think he's going to be a really good NFL player and his issues are all correctable - he just needs to do it." -- NFC West Coast scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league