Although it’s not as big of a deal as it used to be before the rookie wage scale was established in the most recent CBA agreement, it is still news when a team officially signs their first pick in a yearly draft.

For the Buccaneers, that is defensive tackle Vita Vea, who inked his four-year, $14.82 million dollar deal on Thursday.

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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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surferdudes
4 years ago

Welcome aboard Maui, I mean Vita!

macabee
macabee
4 years ago

CB Carlton Davis just signed too. When they get a pen in Rojo’s hand, we’re ✅ done!

Horse
Horse
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

Macabee, right with you.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
4 years ago

This man history is Able to overpower lighter guards, NFL there no light guards, He does not match well against big pro-style O line, Bad Bad pick I will , I can not get over how bad he looked against Penn state in Fiesta bowl , do not reply to this unless you saw Penn State game.

plopes808
plopes808
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

oh man…that dead horse is still taking a beating. Are “Mike.Seven” and “Buc-Ass-Bob” the same person with 2 accounts?

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  plopes808
4 years ago

I guess the season will be the tell of truth, It never changes same people defend Bucs moves year after year even when they are the last place team.
I will wait for the excuses again this year!
I just want Bucs to start winning, I guess if there is someone else that does not believe in the 1st pick they must be the same person, There are not 2 people in the world that could that stupid.

Sneedy16
Sneedy16
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

I literally just watch the Penn State Fiesta Bowl Game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83o1K2dHH0Y Vita had #77 Chasz Wright 358 lbs RT on skates. One play he pushed #52 Ryan Bates 315 lbs into the back field and almost had a sack. Penn State offensive line: RT – Chasz Wright RG – Michal Menet #62 – 6’4″ 301 lbs C – Connor McGovern 6’5″ 312 lbs LG-Steven Gonzalez #74 – 6’4″ 341 lbs LT – Will Fries #71 – 6’6″ 305 lbs What little guy did you see? They are bigger than some NFL teams. Almost every one on one play he had… Read more »

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Mike . Seven. Do you ever quit? Nobody gives a sh*t about YOUR analysis. He was unanimously viewed as a top 12 pick, and the best DT in the draft. I’ll trust people who get paid to analyze college players over a Monday morning GM like you. I bet there wasn’t a single person who thought Lavonte David or Kwon Alexander would ever amount to anything. Yet both are studs. Half the teams in the league looked at Deshaun Watson as a great college player who’s best attribute was that he wins. I bet half the teams that passed him… Read more »

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

It simply amazes me how a person, who really doesn’t much about evaluating football talent, can offer such a definitive opinion. Not simply that Vea didn’t have a great game against the Nitney Lions, but that, and no other game can be factored into the prediction of how the youngster will fare as a professional. Cherry picking at it’s finest.

Can we at least wait until #50 lines up against a “pro style O lineman” before criticizing the pick because it wasn’t Derwin James?

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNL5dYN0JlU

Watch the Highlights for him in Penn State game

I know I only one in the world think last place team makes bad moves I get it.

IDGABuc
IDGABuc
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Ok I watched and it is as I suspected. It sure looks like they asked him to make sure he clogged the running lanes first against Barkley and not allow the QB to have running lanes by over pursuing. He was so obviously not trying to just rushthe QB most plays. Was it his best game? No. Can you determine who he’s going to be as an NFL player from that one game? no. It’s absurd to say so. I would’ve been happy with James also but don’t feel Vea is the equivalent of a consolation prize. But I’d look… Read more »

Darin
Darin
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Mike Was that every play of his? I just watched. Looks like your point was completely negated by your video. To me he had a dang good game. Wore down in the late 3rd but thats what happens when you get double teamed almost every play. To me the other linemen had bad games, couldnt beat their guy. If you expect him to beat double teams youll be dissapointed every week. Not many guys can. The feeling is adding him and the other linemen will free up different guys to get single teamed on different plays. I havnt watched vea… Read more »

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

I wouldn’t be judging anyone this point in time we have drafted or recently signed, as we had no history with them yet.

Dbuc63
Dbuc63
4 years ago

Well, since everyone has some intuition I think Vita is going to be a damn good pro bowl player! I thought that before the draft. What I’m also willing to say is he may be a bust..PLAY THE GAME!

Bradenton BucFan
Bradenton BucFan
4 years ago

(Goat)Sapp was fat. Mike.