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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Vita Vea's position coach at Washington, Ikaika Malloe, had seen the massive defensive tackle pull off all sorts of improbable athletic feats for over two seasons. So he was used to it when he saw Vea, covering a punt in ...

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Old 04-17-2018, 01:54 AM   #1
 
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A 350-pounder with track speed? Vita Vea is NFL draft's top freak

Vita Vea's position coach at Washington, Ikaika Malloe, had seen the massive defensive tackle pull off all sorts of improbable athletic feats for over two seasons. So he was used to it when he saw Vea, covering a punt in his final college game, sprint some 40 yards to take down the returner with an open-field tackle.



"By that time, there's not really anything he can do to shock me anymore," Malloe told ESPN.com last month. "You kind of just shrug your shoulders and say, 'Yep, I'm not surprised by it.' He does things that normally people of his size should not be doing. But he does it with such ease that you take it for granted. You kind of get used to him doing those types of things. He's got footwork like a linebacker or even a DB. He can backpedal with the best of them and change direction and flip his hips. In the beginning, maybe a year ago ... that's kind of when I was in awe of things, just of what he can do and that type of stuff."

Vea, a projected first-round pick in this year's NFL draft, showed during his three seasons at UW that he's much more than just an athletic marvel. He started 27 games and in 2017 was voted the Pac-12's defensive player of the year and the conference's top defensive lineman. His 9.5 career sacks are proof he possesses the pass-rush ability that can separate good defensive tackles from great ones.

"When you're 6-4, almost 350 pounds and you have incredible strength and you've got unbelievable quickness for your size, that is a rare combination," ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. "That's why he's drawing comparisons to Haloti Ngata. That's why I'm projecting him to go in the top part of the first round."

Kiper and ESPN's Todd McShay each had Vea going No. 13 overall to the Washington Redskins in their dueling two-round mock.

So just how freaky and dominant of an athlete is Vea? From outrunning a sprinter to jumping as high as cornerbacks and more, here are some tales told by those who have coached him and those who have played with him.

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It's shame the Saints won't have any chance of getting him - he could really turn out to be special.

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Send him to the Browns... LOL
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An ancor on a D-line for years, years.
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Yeah we won't be anywhere close to the spot he goes.

I hope we go D end to take some pressure off Cam Jordan, even though he consistently beats double teams and even a triple team vs Carolina in the playoffs.
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He could slide... It depends on just how much he’s viewed as a 2-down NT by teams.
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An ancor on a D-line for years, years.
A taller, stronger version of Danny Shelton?
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He could slide... It depends on just how much hes viewed as a 2-down NT by teams.
From the looks of it he can stay on the field for all three downs. Too bad we won't be able to get him at 27.
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