Dimitroff: Vea can be an ‘impact’ player in the NFL

Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea likely won’t be available when the Falcons select with the 26th pick in the NFL draft April 26.

The Falcons are expecting to lose defensive tackle Dontari Poe in free agency and must try to replace him. Vea, who’s 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, is one of the stars of the NFL scouting combine.

“Obviously, he’s a big man who a lot of the league is really honed in what he can do,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said.

“I think the feeling is that he can come in and play right away and be an impact type of player in this league. It’s fun watching him move around. He’s a big man, who can cover some ground.”