Alijah Vera-Tucker – Tackle/Guard – 21 ans – RS Junior– USC
Cut : 1m93
Weight: 142 kg
Estimated position in the draft: 1st round
NFL Comparison: Terron Armstead
– Mobility / reactivity
– Foot / activity
Like Rashawn Slater, also scheduled for the first round, Alijah Vera-Tucker is an extremely versatile player. Right guard in 2018, he moved to the left in 2019 before becoming tackle (left) in 2020. If his physique is closer to that of a guard, he has shown that he can play away. This ability to evolve in multiple positions is always important in the NFL.
What makes the value of Vera-Tucker is an extraordinary mobility, a reactivity which allows her to be able to perform many complex block diagrams, in the first or second curtain. This ease, coupled with a more than satisfactory football Qi, makes him a potential All Pro guard in the NFL.
What is striking about “AVT” is that he is always on the move, his feet are fast and his lower body is very well balanced. Dropping him to the ground will be far from an easy task.
– Physical dimension for the tackle station
If Alijah Vera-Tucker is fast, he does not impress with his physical dimensions, especially his stature. If this is not a brake on the guard post, it may be a problem on the outside.
Another issue is the adversity the player may have encountered with USC. CAP 12 is not the best conference in the country, and the 2020 season has been drastically shortened. In the biggest shock of the season, he was challenged by Kayvon Thibodeaux of Oregon. Nothing shameful given the phenomenon in front, but a proof of the limits of the player.
Los Angeles Charges, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins
Tackle or guard? This is the big question regarding the USC player. In the second case, he has an All Pro potential, in the first it is a much greater risk that is taken. An ideal team for the player would be the Vikings, who have needs in both positions and will benefit from Vera-Tucker’s talents no matter what. But other teams like the Chargers could also explore the option of picking the player.