Scouting Report: Vita Vea, DT

It is rare to see a human the size of Vea move the way he does, which will probably make him a sought after commodity early in the draft.

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Background

  • Went to high school in California where he played QB & RB at 260+.
  • Had to take online course to qualify for Washington.
  • Anthropology major.
  • Coaches have noted his maturity growth since arriving.



Strengths

  • Enormous mountain a man. Thick Body from Lower to Upper. 6’4/350
  • Versatility & Motor – Lined up everywhere. Shaded, Over directly. Force in the run game that requires a double & at times can take advantage of 1 on 1’s. Vea’s motor is legit & very impressive for someone his size. Never gives up, routinely running & making plays 20+ yards downfield. Can play in 43/34, aggressive style.
  • Run Game – Almost impossible to move when he anchors down & gets inside hands. Hands are very strong & violent. He’s too big to be singled & at times can split or avoid being doubled. Can disengage outright or only use one arm to impede the ball carrier. Good job finding the ball.
  • Pass Rush – Very strong bull rush where feet n legs don’t stop. Can press players off him. Will use a Rip to split doubles or power through a blocker. Also has effective hump move.
  • Ridiculous Athleticism & strength. 5.10 40. You see his athleticism almost every game. Good flexibility & quicks for 350. Play Strength is real as 41 X 225.
  • Instant effects in the run game if your team struggles there. Vea is proto-type NT for today’s multiple game. High energy, tough player that just does his job.

 

 

Concerns

  • At times too out of control which gets him top heavy & unbalanced.
  • At times he’ll be able to take advantage of G/C’s but he’s primarily a 2 gap NT
  • Too often misses late double that knocks him off his track. Tough to recover being that size.
  • Has to work on technique over being too physical which takes too much time getting to the QB.

 

 

Summary

Vea has been an absolute pleasure to watch the past few years. In a day & age where everything is about offense, Vea reminds you of why you love defensive football. Just a force along the line w/ crazy athleticism for a man that size. Vea not only does his job but a lot more. He offers some pass rush & but will free up any & all rushers around him. There are things he has to work on. Balance, too often on the ground. Awareness of where a double is coming from because you know it’ coming. That said Vea is an impact player in the ground game & will provide an immediate boost. Esp for teams that crave his aggressive, high energy play.

 

 

 

Traits That Translate

Here are some clips that show off Vea’s strengths.

 

 

 

 

 

11 Responses to “Scouting Report: Vita Vea, DT”

  1. kevan says:

    Vita Vea and Danny Shelton would be a force in the middle of that defense.

  2. Nick B says:

    Mock Draft 4/3

    Trades: 1st Traded to TB for 2nd, 4th and 5th. 2nd From TB traded to DAL for 2nd and 3rd.

    2.11 – Justin Reid (S)
    2.18 (DAL) – Mark Andrews (TE)
    2.31 – Lorenzo Carter (Edge)
    3.17 (DAL) – Kyle Lauletta (QB)
    3.31 – Fred Warner (LB)
    4.2 (TB) – Nathan Shepherd (DL)
    4.36 – Dane Cruikshank (CB/S)
    5.7 (TB) – Jaylen Samuels (RB)
    6.36 – Brandon Parker (OT)
    7.1 – Braxton Berrios (WR)

  3. Stephen J says:

    The Patriots have been looking at DE who can play on the inside. For example they have interviewed scouted Kylie Fitts Duke Ejiofor and Rasheem Green Ade Aruna. I’m not wondering if they are looking for Donta Hightowers replacement. Draft someone this year have them learn and develop then take over either next year or the following year when Hightowers contract can be opted out for minimal cost. All of them fit Hightowers profile where they have played out on the edge as well as on the interior. They all are in the physical/athletic profile of Hightower.

    Here is Dont’a Hightowers contract

    http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/new-england-patriots/donta-hightower-9835/

    And Here are the Physical Athletic Comparisons

    …………Donta Hightower….Kylie Fitts…..Rasheem Green….Ade Aruna…..Duke Ejiofor
    Height…6’3″………………….6’3 3/4″…….6’4″………………..6’4 5/8″……..6’4″
    Weight…265…………………263…………..275………………..262…………..264
    Arm L….32 5/8″…………….33″…………..33 3/4″……………34″……………34 7/8
    40………4.68………………..4.69………….4.73……………….4.60………….N/A
    Vert……33″………………….32.5″…………32.5″………………38.5″………..N/A
    Broad…9’9″(117″)………….9’9″(117″)…..9’10″(118″)………10’8″(128′)…N/A
    20 Sh…4.64…………………4.19………….4.39………………..4.48…………N/A
    3 Cone..7.55…………………6.88…………7.24………………..7.53…………N/A
    Bench…N/A………………….31……………N/A…………………18……………N/A

    • steve earle says:

      Hadn’t considered that scenario. Something to think about, thanks Stephen.

    • Stephen J says:

      Now I gathered stats from 2017 using a website called Football Study Hall

      …………………….TFL…Sacks….Run Stuffs….Tackles
      Duke Ejiofor……..16.5..6.5…….17……………34.5
      Rasheem Green…12.5..10.0…..7……………..31.0
      Ade Aruna………..3.0….3.0……7……………..20.0
      Kylie Fitts…………3.0….3.0……3……………..18.5

      The one thing that would be nice to know is what % of time was played at End as compared to Inside and where did those stats come from the inside or end. Since Hightower plays mostly inside it would be nice to know what came from playing inside but its what we have for now.

    • Stephen J says:

      Two other players that have played inside that MIGHT be considered are Josh Sweat and Hercules Mata’Afa. Their size(weight) may disqualify them when compared to Dont’a Hightower but if the Pats were considering someone like Brandon Spikes both Sweat and Mata’Afa are similar in phyiscal/athletic stature. If not then if they would/could bulk up to the 260-265 area they’d be in consideration since their play style/roles match.

      Brandon Spikes…Josh Sweat……….Hercules Mata Afa
      6’2 7/8″………….6′ 4 3/4″…………..6′ 2 1/4″
      255……………….251 lbs…………….254 lbs
      33 3/8″…………..34 5/8″…………….31 1/2″…Arm Length
      5.05………………4.53…………………4.76…….40
      29″………………..39.5″………………..31.5″…..Vert
      9’3″(111″)……….10’4″(124″)………..9’0″(108″)Broad
      N/A………………..4.28…………………4.37……20 Shuttle
      6.97……………….6.95…………………7.24……3 Cone
      N/A………………..16……………………26………Bench
      2007
      16.0……………….12.5…………………22.5…….TFL
      1.5…………………5.5…………………..10.5…….Sacks
      N/A………………..11……………………18.0…….Run Stuffs
      81(solo)…………..43.5…………………38.0…….Tackles

    • Stephen J says:

      Princeton QB Chad Kanoff
      Height 6’4”
      Weight 219 lbs
      40…….4.91
      Hand Size..10 1/4”
      Vertical..32 4/8”
      Broad….. 9’3”(111″)

      Mark Schofield Chad Kanoff Rhythm video

  4. Russell says:

    Patriots Mock TRADE; BB sends 1st to Detroit for 2nd, 4th, & 5th.

    2nd – (49ers)- DL Harrison Phillips
    2nd- ( Lions) – DL Tyquan Lewis
    2nd- ……… – TE Ian Thomas
    3d-………….- OL Joseph Noteboom
    4th – (Lions)- LB Micah Kiser
    4th – (comp.)- S Quin Blanding
    5th – (Lions)- WR Tray Quinn
    6th -………..- QB Chad Kanoff
    7th -………..- S Troy Apice

  5. lucasfdez says:

    Although I know that it is unlikely, why not take Sony Michel in the 2 round? With Brady in his fortys, a better running game could do wonders for him.

    With a trade back from the 1 for a 2, 3 and maybe a 6 (with the Raiders for example (Gruden needs those 1 rounds to make a splash), and using a 6th and the 7th we have for some trade ups (even if it is for just 3 or 4 positions) I would predict we could have a draft like this

    2 (Raiders) Mike Hughes (CB)- a development CB that could be used in the slot at the early stages of his career
    2 Sony Michel (RB)- if the talks of him having the same impact as Kamara are true…he should be a no brainer
    2 Malik Jefferson (LB)- 2017 was a down year for him but the traits are there, BB could develope him into something quiteinteresting
    3 Mark Andrews (TE)- I would hope for Gesicki or Godaert but I don’t think they come out of the 2 round. Having a another TE next to Gronk is needed, as we have seen how much Brady relies on his TE’s
    3 (after a small trade up) Kyle Lauletta if he falls here, if not Mike White (QB), I think both have interesting traits that with some coaching by McDaniels, could become at least starters (something close to Cousins)
    4 (after a small trade up) – Andrew Brown (DT) Brown and Shelton have just a year left on their contracts (if tehy don’t pick those 5 year options), we could use some depth there
    6 Joseph Noteboom (OT) – I haven’t seen much of him but people around this blog are raving about him. So why don’t take a OT to see if he could become at least a decent rotational player (and as insurance in case Garcia needs another year to be able to play)

    With something like this, we would have some needed depth for positions like DT, LB, CB, OT and at the same time we would upgrade the RB and TE positions, while we groom the possible sucessor of Brady.

    This mock draft was based on Fanspeak On The Clock, Fanspeak filter – difficult level

  6. brandon maxham says:

    mock draft 4/2: 1st traded to CHI for 2nd , 4th and 6th.

    2nd(CHI):Fred Warner ILB-OLB

    2nd:Rasheem Green DE-DT

    2nd:Dallas Goedert TE

    3rd:Kyle Lauletta QB

    4th(CHI):Brandon Parker OT

    4th:Chase Edmonds RB

    6th(CHI):Jamil Demby G/OT

    6th:P.J Hall DT

    7th:Braxton Berrios WR

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