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NFL Draft 2018: Vita Vea Selected 12th Overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The dominant defensive lineman becomes the first Husky off the board in this year’s draft.

NCAA Football: Oregon at Washington Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Vita Vea became the fifth member of the Washington Huskies to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft during the Chris Petersen era tonight, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him with the 12th overall pick.

For much of his college career, Vea anchored the Washington defensive line with his 6’4”, 347 lb. frame. While he offers prototypical size for a nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme, what makes Vea a truly special prospect is his speed and quickness that allows him to move laterally in the way one might expect from a defensive end.

For more on Vea, check out our NFL Draft profile we wrote about him earlier this week.