1. Vita Vea, Washington
6-4, 347: In a rocky year for defensive tackles, if you’re going to go, go big.
Take the giant, explosive interior lineman who can eat up the run, get into the backfield, and beat people up when needed.
Vea is an unfair combination of skills, with everything you could possibly want in a defensive tackle with the right size to go along with the athleticism to move around and not just be stuck on the nose.
However, can he turn it on play in and play out? Can he fix a few of the glitches and do everything right on every snap? He can get by on being bigger, stronger, and quicker than everyone, but it’s all about consistency with him.
He’ll be more than fine – a lot of the criticisms and concerns out there are a bit nitpicky. Expect him to step in and become a leader and star of a line right away.
He’s got the upside to put on a yellow jacket someday after being the alpha-dog tone-setter for a D. There are concerns, but he’s more than worth the chance.
Projected Round: First
Real Value: Top 20 overall