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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: G Alijah Vera-Tucker


Positional ranking: #2

Big Board ranking: #45

 

Overview

Position: G

College: USC

Class: Junior (RS)

Age: 21

 

Measurables

Height: 6’4 1/2”

Weight: 308 lbs.

Arm length: 32 1/8″

Hand size: N/A

 

Athletic testing

40-yard dash: 5.10 sec.

Vertical jump: 32.0″

Broad jump: 106.0″

Bench press: 36 reps

3-cone drill: 7.65 sec.

Short shuttle: 4.61 sec.

 

Strengths

Excellent functional athleticism and versatility. Prototype overall size with a thick lower half. Active and aware. Exceptional vision to find a target. Plays with a very composed frame. Wide and balanced base in pass protection. Great ability to recover and anchor down after being jarred. Very quick feet in pass sets at guard. Smooth when he needs to speed up his sets at tackle. Natural mirror skills. Keeps his hands in good position and uses them effectively in pass protection. Outstanding hands fighter that packs power in his strikes. Stays patient and doesn’t overextend. Plus overall mobility. Good acceleration as a puller or working to the second level. Very strong. Battles versus power inside. Blocks with tenacity when engaged. Will try to drive defenders into the ground. Position versatility with full season as a starter at both left guard and left tackle.

 

Weaknesses

Can struggle with twitchy rushers or first-step burst. Agility is just OK at tackle. Slower reaching wide rushes. Need to speed up pass sets outside will be more frequent at the next level. Base can get too narrow as a run blocker to limit effectiveness driving defenders back.

 

NFL comparison

Justin Pugh

 

Conclusion

Overall, Vera-Tucker is a versatile offensive lineman that likely fits best inside at guard but will have added value because of his proven effectiveness at left tackle to close out his college career. If he can unlock some more consistent power as a run blocker, Vera-Tucker could develop into a key piece up front.

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