It seems that Vita Vea has established himself as the top nose tackle option for the Redskins. Vea is a big-bodied man, so adding him would make a lot of sense. However, there are some concerns about how much he would actually play with the Redskins.
For the NFL level, Vea projects to be a great two-down run stuffer. He has a 6-foot-4, 347 pound frame and moves a lot better than one would expect. He has pretty good movement skills and his athletic ability should afford him an opportunity to be a solid player.
However, there are some concerns about how his pass rushing ability will translate to the NFL. Vea doesn’t have the best first step, so that could cause him some problems as he tries to become an interior rusher. It’s still possible that Vea could become a powerful interior rusher who can help collapse the pocket, but he probably won’t be a big sack man and may have to come off the field on third downs as a result.
All that said, it’s still highly likely that Vea will be a top 15 pick, and it’s looking more and more likely that he will be off the board when the Redskins pick. The Dolphins have a lot of interest in him, and Vea probably should be favored for the No. 11 pick right now. So, it’s possible that Vea may not make it to the Redskins pick.
But, if Vea is still on the board at pick 13, the Redskins are going to have to a decision to make. Vea would help on the defensive line, but the team would have to weigh whether or not he would be able to play enough to be an effective first round pick. It seems that the team believes in him, so that’s what makes him the second best option with their first round pick.