2017 Second-Team All-America (USA Today, Sports Illustrated, SB Nation and TheAthletic.com)
2017 All-Pac-12 First Team
2017 Morris Trophy Winner
2017 Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
2017 Academic All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention
2017 Polynesian Player of the Year Finalist
2017 Bednarik Award Semifinalist
2017 Associated Press Preseason All-America Second Team
2016 Second-Team All-Pac-12
2016 Academic All-Pac-12 Second Team
Vita Vea does a fantastic job of bull rushing the Right Guard to force the Quarterback out of the pocket, who eventually throws an interception. While breaking down film, I see this so often from Vea, who causes a constant disruption in the trenches.
There’s very little that I dislike about Vita Vea’s game, but I do wish that he’d play more instinctively. Had Vea kept his ground, he likely would have been able to get around the center and break the pocket down, rather than allowing the Quarterback to escape and run up field.
These are the types of plays that standout when I’m watching film. Vita Vea powers through two defenders to take down Josh Rosen. There’s power, speed, instincts – It’s all present on this play.
Much like Williams, Vita Vea is a disruption on the defensive line that brings agility and versatility. Vita Vea will measure heavier than Williams, but they still play rather similarly. Both players found themselves playing from all defensive line positions. Leonard Williams is now playing Defensive End for the Jets, and depending on the team that decides to draft him, Vita Vea could find himself doing the same.
All the intangibles are there with Vita Vea, who showed versatility by playing across the defensive line at University of Washington. I truly believe that Vea will step in on day one and contribute at a high-level immediately, but will really prosper after a year or two in the league.