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Alijah Vera-Tucker
Team: USC TrojansHeight: 6-4 Born: 6/17/1999
Position: OLWeight: 315 Hometown: Oakland, California
Class-Eligibility: Sr-Jr


Scouting Report

Overview

An Oakland native who collected a litany of awards during his high school career, Vera-Tucker's cabinet of trophies has been getting even bigger over the past couple years. He did not start during his 2017 or 2018 seasons with the Trojans, but finally stepped into the starting left guard job as a redshirt sophomore. His performance was nothing short of dominant, earning second team all-conference for his showing. Vera-Tucker initially opted out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic but changed course and went back for one more year. He kicked over to left tackle and played even better than he did in 2019, which netted first team all-conference honors.

Analysis

Positives: Vera-Tucker is built much more like a guard than a tackle, but his versatility between the two spots will be a huge point of discussion in NFL war rooms. He has natural leverage that works in his favor, and he combines it with a solid anchor to hold ground in the passing game. He should have no problem eating up bull rushers and staying firm. He's a smart and aggressive blocker who identifies stunts quickly, finds work for himself, and generally stays on top of his business.

Weaknesses: Not a knockout artist with his blocks, and some teams will wonder if his power truly translates. His lack of length and average foot quickness are notable flaws that will likely make the move back to guard permanent as a pro.

NFL Comparison: Isaiah Wynn, Patriots -- Vera-Tucker is a less impressive athlete than Wynn was coming out of Georgia, but questions regarding their fit are similar. Vera-Tucker would survive as a tackle but could thrive as a guard. That could make him an even more appealing pro than Wynn has been so far in his career.