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

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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3rd String Kicker
3rd String Kicker
4 years ago

Thanks for posting all of this in one location, like Jeremiah and Mayock’s thoughts especially.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
4 years ago

If we just picked Haloti Ngata this was a great pick. If we just picked Dontari Poe this was a terrible pick. That’s the problem with missing out on the top-3 guys, everybody else in the top of the draft could be great or a JAG or a bust, and it’s a lottery to know.

Bucsfan1983
Bucsfan1983
4 years ago

Some were saying he’s not an every down player. Some were saying he needs a lot of work on technique and his feet.

This is not a player you draft in the top 15. Once again this was a dumb pick. Licht whiffed again and still fails to fix the secondary.

BTownBucFan
BTownBucFan
4 years ago

With the players we have on the D-line, I see a lot of rotation to keep them fresh, especially in the FL heat. I could careless if anyone of them are 3-down lineman. There will be a base group, but lots of things we can do with all these guys by rotating and switching them around. And with Buckner as the D-line coach this looks to be a great year for the d-line. Super excited!

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
4 years ago

They were told to take a hike by James agent so it was safe pick to get signed by not great pick not by any means bad pick for 12th could have got much better pick at 7 , Other teams hit home runs but not Bucs.

mbonus
mbonus
4 years ago

Here’s former buc Stephen White’s take ‘Buccaneers pick Vita Vea is the NFL Draft’s most dominant interior defensive lineman, period.’

Can’t post a link – but he’s on sbnation

bEubanks11
bEubanks11
4 years ago

Alexander will lead the league in tackles this year with this guy eating up lineman in front of him. Qwon is going to look like Ray Lewis out there with the big man freeing him up. Just ask Ray Lewis!

owlykat
owlykat
4 years ago

I have recommended Scott become our next GM when the Bucs let Licht go. That must have gotten Licht’s attention because Scott was the first to discover what a top talent Vita Vea was and wrote that our 7th Pick should be Vita Vea. Licht also realized we needed to draft down to get the number of picks we needed to fill all our needs this draft, and he pulled that off and still got Vita Vea! My only criticism of Licht is he should have insisted on both first round picks from Buffalo along with their second pick, which… Read more »

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  owlykat
4 years ago

Scott has had his homeruns in evaluating some players (Aaron Donald, Derek Carr) but was also the biggest cheerleader of the trade up for Roberto Aguayo aka the worst pick in the modern era. Scott has also perpetually looked at talentless Bucs teams as playoffs or near playoff teams and touts a 22-42 GM who has been in the NFC South cellar 3 out of 4 years, missed the playoffs every year and has been absolutely abysmal in free agency and roster construction as needing an extension. So all said, I have no doubt that like his friends Jason Licht… Read more »

makski
makski
Reply to  Devasher
4 years ago

Dilly Dilly, well said Devasher!! I agree with most of what you said, especially about the trade. Now, all we have to do is figure out a way to trade back in front of the NYG, because I believe they are going to take W Hernandez away from us. Here’s to hoping we can still somehow get Chubb or Guice. If we can get either Chubb or Guice and a really good guard, I will be the happiest Buc fan on the planet!!

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  makski
4 years ago

I would love to see Hernandez in Red and Pewter. While Quenton Nelson is an amazing guard talent Hernandez happens to have the potential to be one of the best run blockers in the league and would finally allow the Bucs to pull the plug on the JR Sweezy experiment.

Vinny
Vinny
4 years ago

I think the reason Vea is a Buc is because the Big-3 did not fall to #7 as most Bucs fans had hoped – so they get a big win with the Buffalo trade and the extra second rounders. I think the Bucs had their sights set on Minkah Fitzpatrick @-- #12, but the Phins slide in and ruin that scenario @-- #11. With the Big-3 gone and Minkah off the board, clearly the BPA on Licht’s board was Vea. He stayed true to that tactic last year, and did again this year. Passing on Derwin James twice might come… Read more »

e
e
Reply to  Vinny
4 years ago

Nailed it.

nitey
nitey
4 years ago

Well he reminds me of his coach Brenson Buckner – relentless and nasty. Buckner is really going to connect with Vea. Mark my words!

Pick6
Pick6
4 years ago

and as someone pointed out to Rick Stroud on Twitter, he kinda looks like Maui from “Moana” which should instantly make him my daughter’s favorite player

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
4 years ago

I clap my hands to you guys at PR. I was betting against a Vea pick but you guys stuck to your guns and were right at the end. Well played.

BUC-ASS-BOB
BUC-ASS-BOB
4 years ago

The Broncos were 5-11 with 8th pick Elway got aggressive moved down to 5th pick steal the best player in draft Bradley Chubb now Von Miller has lean speed pass rusher to work with , Bucs move back and get a fat buddy to go eat barbecue with McCoy , Jamies fast touchdowns lots ints and fumbles to bring D back on field these fat boys going to be tired 3rd quarter. Licht has no idea what he doing.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
4 years ago

# 5 was Denver’s position.

e
e
4 years ago

So, a defensive line with power, size, skill and depth? I like the concept!

jshumaker
jshumaker
4 years ago

Ever since Warren Sapp I have been a firm believer that a dominant DT is a must have if you want a Super Bowl caliber defense. They don’t normally get the sacks but they free up the DE,LB & safeties. Nearly every team that won a Super Bowl based on defense had a dominant DT. This was my favorite pick but not at 7. Fortunately Cleveland went an unexpected path with both of their picks. Which then put the Bucs in the best position to trade with the QB hungry Bills. I don’t think Licht deserves much credit for making… Read more »

Dman
Dman
4 years ago

Vita is also our new short yardage running back! Can you see this guy lining up on the goal line, 4th and inches, 2 point conversions!!!!!!

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
4 years ago

Just dawning on me: If one is a Cleveland Browns fan this morning, aren’t they shaking their head in utter frustration at the realization of what just happened….again. When you consider they clearly didn’t want Chubb or Nelson, that left them with Barkley, one of the top 3 QBs (they ranked them Mayfield, then who knows), and Ward. Out of that, they picked: Mayfield and Ward….. but could have had, Barkley and probably still Mayfield (or worst case Rosen or Allen). Wouldn’t they rather have Mayfield/Barkley over Mayfield/Ward…or even Allen/Barkley over Mayfield/Ward… I think most people were thinking they would… Read more »

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Typical critical remarks following the Draft.