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Vera-Tucker's a versatile offensive lineman that can play any position on the line. He's a solid athlete and is able to get up to the second level easily. Has enough power to play in a man-blocking scheme and also has enough athleticism to be effective in zone blocking schemes. Intelligent player and the experience playing at both guard and tackle certainly helps. Able to quickly come off of his man if he drops out and/or identify stunts and loops. Solid anchor ability. Very rarely is he driven backwards. Good hand technique at both positions. Able to get leverage inside and fight to keep positioning. Solid balance. Very rarely is he moved from side to side. Solid run blocker and especially when climbing to the second level. Shields and creates open running lanes for his backs. Solid in pass protection, but does struggle from time to time with pure speed rushers on the outside. Doesn't have elite pop out of his stance, which could lead to more effectiveness on the interior. Plays tough and has enough strength to withstand heavier interior rushers. Overall, Vera-Tucker's a no-nonsense player that is going to be very valuable for a NFL offense that needs versatility from their OL. He's not overly flashy, but is an extremely solid player. Should be considered a round one prospect.
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Alijah Vera-Tucker selected No. 14 by New York Jets
The New York Jets have selected offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Jets gave up the 23rd, 66th, and 86th overall picks to acquire the 14th and 143rd overall picks. They landed themselves a versatile offensive lineman to add to what should be a much improved offensive line. Vera-Tucker should start immediately at left guard but has the tools and tape to eventually be moved to the outside. He has Pro Bowl upside.
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