After drafting him No. 12 overall last night, it’s time to learn what the experts think of Bucs new defensive tackle Vita Vea.
“Vea offers versatility, having played all three line spots at Washington. He rushed best, it seemed, when over the nose.”
– ESPN’s Mel Kiper
“He is a dancing bear. He’s a freak. He’s 340 pounds, and everybody says he’s going to run a sub-five (second) 40. The last defensive lineman to do that was Dontari Poe, and I think he went No. 11. And Vea is a better player than Poe was coming out of college, more advanced.
“He’s a plug-and-play nose tackle in any scheme. If he runs 4.85 or 4.9 at 342 pounds, to me that’s more impressive than watching John Ross run a 4.22. Seriously. For me, that’s first and foremost.”
– NFL Network Analyst, Mike Mayock
“I was in Baltimore when we drafted Haloti Ngata, was covering the West Coast during that time,” Jeremiahs said. “And he reminds me so much of Haloti. You play him up and down the line of scrimmage, they move him all over the place. He’s got a nasty hump move as a pass rusher; you can see that physical power. You watch him just stack and toss offensive linemen. The Stanford game especially was just nasty. He can really roll his hips and he’s got tremendous power as a run defender. And I think he does have upside as a pass rusher. You just look at his athleticism; we talked about making a tackle on punt coverage. He’s blocked a punt. I remember watching Haloti block a punt against Arizona. He reminds me of Haloti Ngata.”
– NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah
“He offers something that you just can’t find – a big guy who’s a run stopper who may be able to do more than just become a pocket pusher in the passing game.”
– NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks
Is a physically dominating defender in one on one situations. Imposes will and bulldozes offensive linemen in pass protection. Stout tackler and typically converts opportunity to get hands on to a finished play. Relentless motor.”
– NDT Scouting, Kyle Crabbs
“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.”
– NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein