With the 12th pick in the NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Vita Vea. The Bucs ranked almost last in every statistical category last season giving up yards in chunks last season. Six yards per play ranking dead last in the league.
The Bucs make Vea the pick after trading back to 12 with the Buffalo Bills. With the trade they picked up two extra second-round picks in the process.
The biggest shock was perhaps the Bucs not taking FSU’s Derwin James. Instead elected to dominate the middle paring Vea with Gerald McCoy.
Vea’s tape can frustrating because he flashes star potential one series and then looks average the next. With that said, he’s still very raw and should be judged by his ability rather than just his results as he should unlock his potential with more coaching. Vea has the size and power to play nose in an odd or even front and he could be targeted by 3-4 teams looking for dominant run defender on the end. He should work into a defensive line rotation immediately and has the ability to become a good NFL starter for years.
Vea is a physical freak in his own right and can help the Bucs form a dominating defensive front. After deciding not to go get Suh, the Bucs got a faster cheaper younger version.
The pick was shocking for a lot of people and time will tell if this pick was the right move.
Also the move showed that the Bucs are committed to making sure they are strong up front on the defense. They had been arguments to pick up James and or Minkah Fitzpatrick. Instead Fitzpatrick was picked 11th overall by the Miami Dolphins.
Is this a pick that will sit will with the Bucs fan base? Time will tell, but taking a stud DT early in the first round tends to be a safe bet.
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