Vea is the definition of a disrupter, he moves the line of scrimmage and not the other way around. Only playing 62.2 percent of Washington’s snaps this past season is a little concerning, but there are few concerns about his on-field performance.
STRENGTHS NFL-worthy size with thick hips and powerful upper body. Can be very intimidating at point of attack. Able to overpower lighter guards and usually pummels centers when isolated on them. Has power to press blockers off of his frame and the hip rotation and flexibility to dislodge them. Also utilizes booming hump move that can topple blockers off their base as a pass rush counter. Able to grow roots and own his grass when pad level is right. Two-gap defender. Can punch, lock out, and locate the ball. Above average pursuit quickness for a big man. Able to shed blockers and range to down the line of scrimmage to squeeze running lanes and make tackles. Violent hands can clear hands from his frame or soften the blocker’s edge when he’s rushing the passer. Has serious bull-rush ability once he gains momentum early in rush. Still very raw with much more talent to unlock.
WEAKNESSES Loses his feet and hits the turf too often. Base and footwork can be compromised when he gets too far out over his toes. Has a tendency to allow pad level to rise too much during rep. Lacks feel for double teams and blocking schemes. Second block catches him off-guard and he often does not have hands in position to work against doubles. Initial get-off is below average. Heavy-stepper as a pass rusher. Doesn’t have flexibility or foot quickness to win around the edge as pass rusher. Too quick to default to brute force over technique. Teams may view him as run down player only.