But Cushenberry’s grip on Vea was still strong, and it didn’t allow Vea to get off the block when the running back arrived in the hole. Vea, a 347-pound defensive tackle out of Washington, was the 12th pick in last month's draft. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston throws touchdown pass to defensive tackle Vita Vea. Vita Vea got after the QB this season. As seen above, quick double teams aren’t very effective against him. He still does that plenty as his bread and butter, but it is nice to see Vea throwing in the occasional finesse move to keep offensive linemen guessing. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. Sitting behind Danny Shelton really helped his development early in his career, and he’s still growing as a player. Adam Rank examines the Buccaneers' current state heading into the 2019 season. Now make your pick. The deals were announced Thursday. It was about strengthening his conditioning and laying a football foundation with technique and discipline. TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed first-round draft pick Vita Vea and second-round selection Carlton Davis to four-year contracts. 12 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. With two sacks in five games, Vea was on pace to beat his previous sack record of 3.5 in a single season. Now Vea will have to watch from the sidelines, which is a shame since he was on pace to truly have a career year. Vita Vea's full name is longer than this article Cowboys, Giants among 8 teams set to visit with Washington's Vita Vea WATCH: Vita Vea was even more terrifying as a high-school RB 22 Texas in 4OT Thriller, Buccaneers Report: New retractable roof stadium coming to Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive line rated as top-5 in NFL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers disappoint in first half vs. Chargers. It’s a sort of slap and rip type of move. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea takes down Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan for a sack. There is one word to truly describe Vita Vea and his size and athleticism along the defensive line: FREAK. DT ï»¿Davon Godchauxï»¿ is expected to be out for months with a biceps injury, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero report. There is one word to truly describe Vita Vea and his size and athleticism along the defensive line: FREAK. What does Tom Brady's contract extension reveal about the quarterback's career timeline? I’m obviously simplifying things there, as there is always a lot more that goes on behind the scenes when evaluating prospects, especially with potential first-round picks. This would only be a slight change for the defensive game plan, and the Bucs could still maintain their high level of play while their newest starter adjusts.  Overall, he started all 16 games and recorded 35 total tackles, 12 quarterback hits, and three passes defensed. But in reality, that was never going to be him. Vita Vea let out an audible groan as he went to the ground helping drag down David Montgomery for a tackle for loss. In the play above, Vea was lined up as a 3-tech defensive tackle right over the outside shoulder of Broncos guard Dalton Risner. It has taken some time to get to this point (people forget that it often does), but if you look at the best nose tackles around the NFL, there aren’t many, if any, better than Vea. But whatever that process was, it did, in fact, lead to Licht selecting Vea No. His presence each and every week made offensive lines adjust what they were doing, simply because there was no blocking this man one-on-one. Now, let’s take a look at what makes Vita Vea a top-tier prospect in this year’s draft. Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary returned to practice after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 2. Vea showed in this clip that, as good as he might be at bullying interior offensive linemen back into the pocket using a bull rush and good leg drive, he’s also as slippery of a 330-pound player you’ll find getting in-between gaps. It’s slow when it happens, but Vea is so big and strong that it can still overpower defenders when they see it coming. 6' 4" Weight. Russell Wilson is the only quarterback in NFL history who has led his team to a winning season in each of his first eight seasons (2012-2019). But whatever that process was, it did, in fact, lead to Licht selecting Vea No. The other positive news for the Bucs is that they often play in a nickel defense anyway, and their best bet is to sit in formations like this early on while Nunez-Roches gets used to the speed of the game again. Right now, the Buccaneers boast the second-best run defense in the NFL with fewer than 300 yards gained on the season, and they also ranked second in run defense in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric. The good news for the Bucs is that Nunez-Roches had a great training camp and is looking to prove himself with a greater body of work. Vita Vea has sneakily been one of the best defensive players for the Buccaneers to start this season, and now, the Bucs will have to play without him for the rest of the season. Unreal domination from a single player in the middle of a defensive line. TDN100: Pounding the Table For LSU WR Terrace Marshall, Brandon Aiyuk Can Continue Breakout Performance On Sunday. He has learned how to master leverage and positioning. This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. In a contract year, Jameis Winston is under a lot of pressure to perform. 7 overall with the Buffalo Bills. 12 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here are other injuries and roster news we're tracking on Thursday. Marc Sessler assembles an all-star team made up of players under 25 -- including Saquon Barkley as part of a three-headed monster at RB and Joey Bosa bringing the edge-rushing heat. Vea (50) was lined up straight up in front of the face mask of Cushenberry as a 0-tech defensive tackle in the play above, an alignment Vea found himself in often on Sunday. Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau Vea (born February 5, 1995), commonly known as Vita Vea, is an American football nose tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). Vea was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (12th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Should The NFL Move The Combine Out Of Indianapolis? With the right scheme and coaching, he could very easily be a Pro Bowl and All-Pro caliber player. The third-year Buccaneer lineman bulked up during the offseason and already has the size to perform well at nose tackle in Todd Bowles‘ system. What Can We Expect From Tua Tagovailoa's 1st Start? Who earns the No. The Buccaneer defensive line has experienced a high level of play from all three members this season, and the expectations are already high for the replacement. He was playing more than 70% of the team’s defensive snaps, which was the most consistent work he had seen in his career—a testament to the work he’s put in to get his body right with conditioning. Week 4 is here! Simply put, the entire structure and success of what the Buccaneers have done this season on defense started with Vea being a force in the middle. The Seahawks are 9-2 after Sunday's win over the Eagles. Though Vea only finished with 9.5 sacks throughout his three-year college career, many pointed to the extra attention he commanded as the reason, and Licht loved the idea of getting Vea as a centerpiece to build his defense around. Can Bruce Arians get the QB on the right track? © 2020 NFL Enterprises LLC. Vea was constantly double-teamed and even triple-teamed, at times, just to try to give quarterbacks enough time to read the field and get rid of the ball. Having a guy like Vea, who can create that pressure can make a bad defense good and a good defense great. As the centerpiece of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ defense, Vea is the foundation of everything the Buccaneers want to do. , Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft picks, "Pac-12 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced", "Vita Vea is poised to become Huskies' second consecutive first-round NFL draft pick", "UW's Vita Vea named Morris Trophy winner as Pac-12's top defensive lineman", "UW's Vita Vea named Pac-12's defensive player of the year", "Washington star DL Vita Vea declares for NFL draft", "Vita Vea ends NFL Combine workout with hamstring injury", "Revitalized Line: Bucs Nab Vita Vea at #12", "Washington Redskins at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - November 11th, 2018", "Big guy, big catch: Vea TD leads Bucs past Falcons 35-22", "Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears - October 8th, 2020", "Vita Vea, Jack Cichy to I.R. From a defensive tackle spot, that’s incredible production. Nunez-Roches will be able to stem the bleeding coming from the loss of Vea adequately, and there are no significant causes of concern for the future of the line yet. The reason why was because his burst out of his stance, natural leverage, and sheer strength was too much for the rookie to handle one-on-one. , He finished his rookie year with 28 tackles and three sacks. 1 spot: Derwin James' Chargers, Tre'Davious White's Bills or Nick Bosa's 49ers? As the game went on, Risner was even able to get the better of Vea on most of their matchups. According to Pro Football Focus, Vea garnered 42 total pressures this season. For the second week in a row, Vea gave opposing offensive linemen some swimming lessons during the game. 2021 NFL Draft TDN100: 5 Biggest October Risers, 2021 NFL Draft Targets Giants Fans Should Watch On 10/3. In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks says Ben Roethlisberger is back in a major way. So what did Vea do? 40-Yard Dash. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. Vea is a moldable defensive tackle project that could potentially fit well in any system. 347 lbs . While at Washington, Vea often won by simply being bigger and stronger than everyone he faced in the Pac-12. Women In Football: Briazja Wade Is Just Getting Started In Louisiana. He learned quickly it would take a lot more than just being big to win in the NFL. But in this rep early in the game, Vea’s strength and momentum were too much for Risner.