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An anonymous NFL Scout said they "aren't that high" on Washington DT Vita Vea.

The scout explained his dislike of Vea (6'4/347) by adding "He’s what he is. No pass rush. People are probably a little stung by Danny Shelton who came out of there (Washington in 2015)." Vea and Shelton are extremely similar in the eyes of this scout and is largely concerned about Vea's size and ability to play in sub packages. Vea is a very controversial prospect as 3-of-5 scouts who commented on Vea thought he could be a perennial Pro-Bowler with his size and athleticism, while the other two were concerned about his versatility. He is likely to be selected within the top 15 picks.
Apr 22 - 1:10 PM

Pro Football Focus's Steve Renner believes that Washington DT Vita Vea is a an ideal fit for the Nose Tackle position.

The nose tackle -- or zero-technique -- isn't the sexiest position in terms of production but as Renner notes, it's the "cornerstone of the run-defense." Vea certainly has the size (6'4/347) to play the position, and he was tenth in run-stops in the 2018 season according to PFF. "Vea certainly qualifies as difficult [to block]," writes Renner. "That’s why it’s so impressive that he moves himself so swiftly out of his stance and into the offensive backfield."
Apr 21 - 4:18 PM

An NFL personnel executive said Washington DT Vita Vea is one of the most natural "prospect-team fits" for the Miami Dolphins.

The executive continues by saying it "fills void left by (Ndamukong) Suh. Vita's just scratching the surface. He can get better, which is scary." This is really logical from a team-needs standpoint and Vea met with the Dolphins after his pro day but hasn't taken an official visit yet. Most mock drafts have Vea projected to be selected right outside the top 10 picks including Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist mocking him at No. 13 to the Redskins. The Dolphins hold pick No. 11 however and should have a good chance at drafting him at that slot.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 8:05 PM

Washington DT Vita Vea is taking an official predraft visit to the Washington Redskins on Wednesday.

Tip of the cap to Rotoworld's Josh Norris for the news nugget. The Redskins are getting this one in just under the gun, as Wednesday is the final day teams can host prospects for visits. Vea (6'4/347) has taken slew of trips to interested NFL teams over the last month-plus, with the Cowboys, Bucs, Chargers, Bengals, Broncos and Browns all inviting the Washington standout to check out their wares. We view Washington as a realistic landing spot for the defensive tackle given their draft slot. To whit, Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist projected Vea to the Redskins with the No. 13 overall selection in his seven-round mock draft posted on Tuesday.
Apr 18 - 5:21 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Washington WR Dante Pettis to former NFL WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Pettis is best known for his return skills -- he returned more punts for touchdowns than any player in NCAA history -- but he's also a solid receiver in his own right. Zierlein notes he can run the full route tree, and he can play either outside or in the slot. His concern comes from physical corners knocking him off his routes, and that his production was inconsistent. Zierlein projects Pettis to go in either third or fourth round, and he could see the field immediately because of his return skills.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 8:03 PM

Washington has agreed to a 10-year, $119 million contract with adidas.

The Huskies had been in with Nike since 1997, earning $3.5 million from the shoe giant annually. Their new deal with adidas will reportedly net them in the range of $5.75 million a year, but when apparel and marketing are factored in, the ultimate bottom line for UW ends up around $11.9 million annually. In a statement, Washington HC Chris Petersen referred to the arrangement as a "unique partnership."
Apr 10 - 4:33 PM

Washington received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 G/DT Sama Paama.

Pama (6'5/325) is ranked the 15th best guard in the class by 247 Sports, but he's also considered a potential defensive tackle by recruiting analysts. He chooses the Huskies over offers from USC, Virginia, Nebraska and Oregon, among several others. Whether he's blocking in the interior or helping stuff the run, it sounds like the Huskies got one of the better lineman in the 2019 class.
Apr 9 - 7:29 PM

Washington WR Dante Pettis was graded the top punt returner among the members of the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Not a big surprise here. Pettis has returned more punts (8) for touchdowns than any player in college football history, and he average over 19 yards per return in the 2017 season. He didn't have a big year as a wide receiver, but he scored 14 touchdowns as a junior in 2016, so the ability is there as well. Still, his ability to make plays in special teams gives Pettis the best chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie.
Apr 7 - 5:52 PM

Washington HC Chris Petersen told reporters that senior T Trey Adams is "on track" in his recovery from his torn ACL.

Petersen stopped short of saying Adams (6'8/309) would be ready for the season opener against Auburn in Atlanta, saying "we'll see" in response to that question. The massive left tackle was on track to being a potential first-round pick this year before tearing his ACL in the loss to Arizona State. If he's fully recovered and shows the same ability during his senior season, he'll be one of the first tackles off the board come the 2019 draft.
Apr 7 - 3:23 PM

Washington WR Dante Pettis (ankle) said that he was pleased with his pro day-style workout on Monday.

Pettis (6'0/186) did not take part in testing at either the NFL Scouting Combine or Washington's early-March pro day due to an ankle injury sustained in November. He indicated that he's only been able to ramp up his training in earnest in recent weeks. During Monday's workout on campus at UW, Pettis' reps passed along athletic testing marks including a 4.45-second 40-yard dash, a 36-inch vertical jump, a 127-inch broad jump and a 6.72-second run through the three-cone drill. All of those marks are very much competitive with some of the better results among wideouts at the combine. Pettis projects as a Day 2 selection later this month.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 4 - 6:51 PM

Washington DL Vita Vea added a visit to the Packers to his schedule.

That makes nine visits on Vea's schedule. The interior defensive lineman is a popular prospect, and it likely stems from his boost in production during the 2018 season. Vea often works at the line of scrimmage, but he does flash winning immediately off the snap with unconventional strength.
Apr 3 - 11:09 AM

Washington WR Dante Pettis (ankle) is expected to take part in a pro day-style workout on Monday.

This was the plan and it looks like it's coming to fruition, as Pettis is now fully recovered from a nagging ankle injury sustained in November, one which had prevented him from running drills or tests at the NFL Scouting Combine and later Washington's pro day. We're looking forward to seeing the 6-foot, 186-pounder's workout results, as he has the potential to shift a few boards if he looks sharp, particularly given that this receiving class is not a particularly deep one.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 5:15 PM

A West Coast NFC scout called Washington TE Will Dissly a "(Chris) Petersen guy."

"All-in with his commitment to the team and what he has to do. He won't blow you away with talent or athleticism, but he does his job," the scout said. Dissly (6'4/262) tested in just the fourth athletic percentile of NFL tight ends while at the NFL Scouting Combine, but we already knew that his athletic upside had its cap. He did catch the ball well on pro day, but it's Dissly's toughness and ability as a blocker which will likely have him drafted on Day 3 next month.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 3:48 PM

Washington DT Vita Vea has eight visits scheduled with NFL teams, including the Cowboys, Buccaneers, Redskins, Chargers, Giants, Bengals, Broncos and Browns.

A few teams, like the Giants, Broncos and Browns, won't draft Vea in their current slot. For those three, this is likely homework in case of a trade down. Vea is crazy strong and has flashes of just tossing his opponent to the side. He's unconventional, and that leads him to getting erased on other snaps. He's more of an at the line of scrimmage player, but those players get paid too.
Mar 27 - 7:59 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 G/DT Sama Paama will visit Washington on April 4.

Paama will also visit USC later in the month of April. Paama is considered one of the true two-way lineman stars in this class, but is being recruited by Washington as a defensive tackle. At 6-foot-5, 325-pounds, he'd have a chance to be a run-stuffer in the old of former Husky Vita Vea. Paama also has offers from Hawaii, Nebraska, and Arizona State among several other schools.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 26 - 3:05 PM


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