Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith has an unique description of rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea.
Smith was complimentary when he spoke about the Washington Huskies product. He called the defensive tackle “svelte,” per the Bucs’ official website. The defensive coordinator was describing Vea’s imposing physique.
This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard people around the NFL drop superlatives about the 2017 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock called Vea a “dancing bear” leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft.
Tampa Bay drafted Vea with the 12th pick in this year’s draft. His skill set is why he was the first defensive tackle selected in the draft, pairing the 6-foot-4, 347 pounder alongside of perennial Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.