Vita Vea

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Vita Vea
No. 50 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1995-02-05) February 5, 1995 (age 23)
Milpitas, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 347 lb (157 kg)
Career information
High school: Milpitas (CA)
College: Washington
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Tevita Tuliʻakiʻono Tuipulotu Mosese Vaʻhae Fehoko Faletau "Vita" Vea[2] (born February 5, 1995) is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Washington.

College career[edit]

As a junior in 2017, Vea was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and won the Morris Trophy.[3][4] On January 2, 2018, Vita declared his intentions to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Vea participated in the 2018 NFL Combine, but did not complete all drills due to a hamstring injury.[6]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 in
(1.93 m)
347 lb
(157 kg)
32 58 in
(0.83 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
5.10 s 41 reps
All values from NFL Combine[7]

Vea was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round (12th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Vea is the son of Sione and Fipe Vea who are immigrants from Tonga.[9]


  1. ^ "Pac-12 Football Awards and All-Conference Team Announced". Pac-12. 
  2. ^ Jude, Adam (April 24, 2018). "Vita Vea is poised to become Huskies' second consecutive first-round NFL draft pick". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 26, 2018. 
  3. ^ Jude, Adam (December 5, 2017). "UW's Vita Vea named Morris Trophy winner as Pac-12's top defensive lineman". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  4. ^ Jude, Adam (December 5, 2017). "UW's Vita Vea named Pac-12's defensive player of the year". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Washington star DL Vita Vea declares for NFL draft". Q13 FOX. January 2, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  6. ^ Goodbread, Chase (March 4, 2018). "Vita Vea ends NFL Combine workout with hamstring injury". NFL. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
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  8. ^ Smith, Scott (April 26, 2018). "Revitalized Line: Bucs Nab Vita Vea at #12". 
  9. ^ "Buccaneers draft Vita Vea". Matangi Tonga. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018. 

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