Vita Vea stepped to the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine and declared his desire to make teams aware of who he is as a player and as a person. He did quite a job with reporters on Saturday. Vea, a 6-foot-4, 347-pound defensive tackle, recalled tales of his time carrying the football as a running back ("I try to think I was L.T., LaDainian Tomlinson back in the day") and his crushed quarterback dreams, and talked about the pain caused by cutting back on carbs. Vea also sarcastically called out his former teammate John Ross, telling him he was coming for Ross' 40-yard dash record and the private island once up for grabs in 2017. That was just the beginning of Vea's charismatic session. UCLA's Kolton Miller, Vea's training partner at EXOS, raved Friday about Vea's freakish athleticism for his size, focusing especially on the defensive tackle's remarkable straight-line speed. When asked by this reporter what time he's aiming to run in the 40-yard dash, Vea quipped "fast," followed by a grin. "Kolton, if you're listening to me, congrats on the new record for the broad jump for O-linemen," Vea said later in the session. The Bay Area native successfully tightroped a question of where his allegiances lie, 49ers or Raiders, placing the responsibility on his Niner-fan family without specifically owning it. Vea also paid respect to standout Washington nose tackles who came before him, including the Browns' Danny Shelton, whose wedding Vea was a groomsman in last weekend.
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Vita Vea shows he's more than just a menacing defender
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