Vita Vea Draft Profile

Vita Vea Draft Profile


  • Powerful
  • Block shedding
  • High motor
  • Solid speed for size
  • Versatile–can play in multiple defensive schemes
  • Knows how to take on double-teams
  • Stout against the run
  • Bull rush king

Analysis: Vita Vea is a strong, powerful defensive tackle. Since the regular season ended, he has continued to climb our NFL Draft big board–and currently sits as our No.1 prospect in the entire draft class. Vea won’t blow you away with numbers, he had 99 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his three-year Washington career, but you could argue he was the catalyst to the Huskies defensive success. His versatility to play any position along the defensive front will impress NFL teams. In 2017 for the Huskies, Vea played 308 snaps at defensive tackle, 116 snaps at nose tackle and 108 snaps at defensive end. He is elite defending the run–more than 50% of his playing time consisted of being double-teamed and he knows how to take both blockers on without giving up ground. While being double-teamed, he didn’t always make the play, but it usually freed up a linebacker or other defensive lineman while he battled with two offensive lineman. Vea had 25 run stops in 2017 for the Huskies (while dealing with those double-teams), and his run-stop percentage of 12.0 ranks No. 4 among all draft-eligible FBS defensive tackles. Vea’s 91.6 run-defense grade ranks No. 2 among all FBS draft-eligible defensive tackles (per PFF).  Vea is stout against the run, but he can hold his own when asked to rush the passer. He utilizes his bull rush consistently and it was rare if an offensive lineman could contain him 1-on-1. This past season, Vea racked up three sacks, eight QB hits and 28 hurries on his 273 pass-rush snaps and his pass-rushing productivity rating of 11.0 ranks No. 3 among all FBS draft-eligible defensive tackles (per PFF). A man of Vea’s size: 6’5 340lbs shouldn’t be able to run the way he does, but Vea possesses decent speed along the defensive front–his no-quit motor will have defensive coaches falling in love. He plays through the whistle on every down.


  • Doesn’t always attack downhill
  • Needs to add more finesse pass rush moves
  • Needs to show NFL teams he’s more than a two-down lineman

Analysis: Watching every game Vea has played for UW, it was not easy to find flaws in his game. The most obvious flaw is the lack of pass rush moves from Vea. He strictly used a bull rush in college to rush the passer, but that will not fly on every down in the NFL. Offensive lineman in the pros will not be pushed around every time the way Vea was able to do in college. He will need to add some finesse moves to his game. With his work ethic, a solid defensive line coach will be able to work with him and add some moves to his repertoire. On tape, Vea would not always attack downhill at the snap–instead he would read and attempt to diagnose the play before attacking the backfield. Vea’s flaws in his game aren’t crucial and they can be corrected with coaching and proper technique.

Scout’s take: “Vita Vea will be a special player at the next level. With his versatility, you can plug him in from Day 1 and watch him go to work. As long as you believe in your coaching staff, I wouldn’t be too concerned with his lack of pass rush moves. His work ethic is legit and he will not be waiting to hear his name called on draft night.”—AFC South Scout

Round Projection: Top 10

NFL Comparison: Haloti Ngata—but better

Draft Grade: 1st overall player on our Big Board


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