1. Vita Vea, Washington
Career Statistics: 99 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss
Why Vita Vea Is Here On The List: Freak … ish. He’s a 6-4, 344-pounder who moves like a tight end. A devastating interior pass rusher who can crash into the backfield. When he has to line up and rock against the run, he’ll own the interior of the line with his massive size.
Okay, so he doesn’t bring it every play, and yes, he’s still developing with the technique work needing to come around to match up with the tools. When the light is turned on, he’s a special all-around talent who’ll be the leader and star to build a defense around. But can he bring it every play and every game?
Even at his size, he’s able to play in any style and any system, but in a draft with only a few solid defensive tackles, he needs to rise up and be the first one off the board.
What The NFL Types Want To See: Is it there? Can the little things be corrected – has to always stay low, has to be more consistent, has to get off the ball faster – and can he bring the fire? The workouts will be among the most interesting of any of the top 50 players – he could and should make jaws drop.
Bottom Line: If he wants to be the best defensive tackle in the NFL, he’s got the upside to pull it off. Human beings his size with his athleticism and talent just don’t come around very often.