Vita Vea: 2018 NFL draft prospect
Vita Vea bypassed the 2017 NFL draft to improve his 2018 NFL draft status. The 6-5, 349 pound Washington Huskies defensive end could go in the top two rounds of the 2018 NFL draft.
College: Washington #50
Position: Defensive Tackle
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Coming out of high school
Played a wildcat quarterback his freshman year in high school. Then moved to running back. All the while playing defensive line.
Took a year to get academically eligible for Washington after high school, 2013-2014.
Redshirted 2014.Played in all 13 games in 2015. Enjoyed a breakout year in 2016. Earned second team All-Pac 12 honors. Also made second team Academic All-Pac 12 in 2016.
Spring Practice 2017
Maturity is coming along. MIght have had a motivation problem to start college career. Academic record is encouraging.
The Seattle Times, Adam Jude, claimed Vea had one of the the most impressive plays during the spring. Vea rolled the entire right side of the Huskies offensive line to log a touch sack of Jake Browning.
2018 NFL draft potential
Vita Vea could have been drafted as high as the second round in the 2017 NFL draft. Washington Huskies line coach, Ikaika Malloe, convinced him he could be a top five pick in 2018.
Right now, Vea is ranked #36 on the NFL Draft Board. A second round draft pick.
Malloe met with Vea in January to sell another year of college football to Vea. Malloe told Vea he could be a top five pick like Alabama’s Jonathan Allen. But ultimately Allen didn’t go in the top five. The Washington Redskins drafted Allen with the 17th pick.
Malloe convinced Vea the money he’d make as a top five pick versus a second rounder would be significant.
There is a long way to go before the 2018 NFL draft. But it looks like Malloe sold out Vea. If Vea becomes a top five pick, staying in school will payoff. But if he is drafted 17 overall, will it have been worth the wait? Hard to quantify that.
- Played running back in high school. Imagine that coming at you.
- Bypassed the 2017 draft to increase his draft potential.
- Took online classes between high school and college, 2013-2014.
- Needed to become academically eligible for Washington.
- Played basketball in high school.
- Comes with speed, 4.8, 40 yard dash.
- Undeniable size, strength and speed.
- Unpolished. Would like to see him use strength to shed blockers.
- Plays anywhere along the line 1-5 technique.