On April 29, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell opened up the first night of the 2021 NFL Draft.
The New York Jets traded up to the No. 14 pick in order to get USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, which addresses a critical need for the franchise on offense. This gave the Minnesota Vikings pick No. 23, 66, 86 in order to receive Vera-Tucker and pick No. 143.
As the Jets enter their new rebuild stage under Robert Sahleh, placing a premium on getting protection upfront for No. 2 pick Zach Wilson was a clear priority.
Many took to Twitter to share their excitement for Alijah Vera-Tucker after Roger Goodell called his name from the podium. Here are their reactions...
Former USC QB Mark Sanchez "Fight on! let’s go!!! Zach Wilson with time in the pocket is deadly"
Former USC QB Matt Leinart "Yes sir. Fight on brother!"
USC Head Coach Clay Helton "So proud of everything you have accomplished! Can’t wait to watch you on Sundays!"
Former USC Offensive Lineman Austin Jackson "LEETTTTSSSS GOOOOOOOO"
Former USC Wideout Michael Pittman Jr. "Let’s Work baby!!!!"
New York Jets "Just copped a fresh pair."
Former USC Running Back Markese Stepp "Yesssssss sir!!!!"
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