To be honest I can’t find many flaws to Vea’s game. He possesses such a unique and special skill set for a man his size and is remarkably effective in all facets of his game.
However, one area where Vea could improve is sculpting his body to become more NFL ready. While he moves exceptionally well for a man his size, I believe Vea could benefit by shedding unnecessary weight and adding additional strength. Slimming down slightly would help Vea reach his enormous pass rushing upside, as he has the tools and potential to be an elite interior pass rusher.
Another potential problem (at least for NFL teams vying for his talent) surrounding Vea is that he is only a redshirt sophomore and may decide to stay at Washington for another year or two. NFL talent evaluators must be drooling over Vea’s tape and are most likely praying that he will decide to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Vea could seamlessly transition into a multitude of roles for Pittsburgh and play all across the defensive line. Vea is at his best lining up over the opposing center or guard where he can stuff the run and rush the passer.
To be honest I would be ecstatic pairing Vea and Javon Hargrave, who I was extremely high on prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, on the Steeler’s defensive line. Both players possess non-stop motors and an array of pass rushing moves to get to the quarterback.
Most importantly, Vea’s contagious energy and hustle is something that Pittsburgh could greatly benefit from. I could envision the Steeler’s targeting Vea somewhere near the 2nd round.