3. DT Vita Vea, Washington
This is the guy you want gumming up the works.
The 6-4, 350-pounder moves shockingly well for a guy with his strength and raw bulk, coming up with 44 tackles with 3.5 sacks last season. With his frame and length, he’s also nasty to throw over.
Not just stuck as a zero-technique nose tackle, he can be used anywhere on the interior and grow into even more of a factor in the backfield. However, he’s going to get paid to occupy blockers and stuff the run.
Consistency is his big issue. While he might have been fine as an anchor for a great college defense, he’s not quite the sure-thing every play defender NFL teams are going to work an entire line around.
Even so, few human beings have his size, his quickness, and his talent. There’s no bust potential, but he might be seen as overdrafted after his rookie year. Give him a little while, though, and the payoff will come.