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Vita Vea, DT, Washington

Dave Syvertsen, Ourlads' Senior Draft Analyst
08/10/2018 4:01PM ET

There are plenty of defensive tackles who can hold the point of attack, there are plenty of defensive tackles who can rush the passer.  There may not be one better than fourth year junior Vita Vea at doing both.  The high energy, powerful Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year is the main reason Washington led the nation in run defense.  He is heading towards a top 15 overall selection.

What He Does Well:

Elite level pop and power out of his stance.  Can stand up almost any blocker with a low center of gravity, hands inside, and ready to pounce.  Rangy and athletic, rare speed and quickness for his size.  Has an array of rush moves, but excels as a straight ahead bull rusher.  Can make things happen away from the ball.  Effort is always on and will play through the whistle consistently. 

Where He Needs Work:

Stamina and endurance are below average.  Doesn’t play as much as other defensive tackles, too often needs the rest to stay effective.  Not as stout against the double team as he can be, will take himself out position rather than anchoring.  Over-hyper and needs to control himself, stick to assignment football.