By Jack Wepfer
NFL.com’s Chad Reuter released his three-round mock draft today, but instead of an edge rusher or cornerback, the Green Bay Packers took Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea.
“Green Bay needs pass rushers, but Vea can wreak havoc outside and inside, freeing up Clay Matthews and Nick Perry to do their thing,” Reuter writes.
Vea will be given formal measurements at the NFL combine, but the eye test suggests he’s not far from his 6-4, 344-pound initial NFL profile.
“I’m still kind of bothered that he hasn’t corrected some of the same issues he had last year,” an NFC West Coast scout said, according to NFL.com. “I think he’s going to be a really good NFL player and his issues are all correctable – he just needs to do it.”
Vea would be somewhat of a redundancy after a 2017 season in which the Packers’ one solitary strength was the defensive interior with Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark.
Conversely, as the Philadelphia Eagles just proved, having a strong rotation of difference-makers along the line of scrimmage can bode well in getting to the quarterback and establishing a bulwark.
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