Finding Broncos: Alijah Vera-Tucker | OL | USC

Finding Broncos scouts the 2021 NFL draft class to find the best Mile High fits. What's the scoop on Alijah Vera-Tucker and how would he fit in Denver?
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Welcome to Finding Broncos, our annual prospect-by-prospect series deep-diving on the coming NFL draft class. The scouting continues with USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, a very talented player whom the Denver Broncos could use. 

Measurables 

  • Height: 6-foot-4
  • Weight: 300 pounds

Pros

  • Has starting experience at both guard and tackle, a plus for his overall value
  • Has the requisite traits to play either position, though he may be best suited inside at guard
  • Enough traits to work in any scheme
  • Plenty of athleticism 
  • Wins early in the rep because of the athleticism, paired with solid technique and power
  • While lacking great power, he has enough driving force to really work the point of attack with enough sand in his pants to drop and anchor
  • Appears to have high football IQ to recognize pass rush quickly
  • Decisively goes to combat the rush, especially with delayed blitzes and twists/stunts
  • Strikes with force and with a purpose and will stun defenders

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Cons

  • Hand technique will need refinement 
  • Hands tend to slide outside of the opponent's frame, opening him up to holding calls
  • Needs to get stronger at the point of attack, though his current strength isn't crippling
  • If tapped to play tackle, there will need to be work done on his footwork and getting proper depth in his pass sets
  • Needs to learn to keep his hands up and ready as he tends to drop them, opening himself up to counters.

Overview

There is a reason why Vera-Tucker is one of my favorite prospects in this draft class. He has the ability to play any of the five spots on the offensive line, though I wouldn’t put him at center just because of what he can do elsewhere. 

Fit with Broncos

Having the versatility to slide out to tackle would do wonders for the burgeoning Broncos' O-line. All the traits that Vera-Tucker has points to a successful NFL career as a great-level offensive lineman for 10-15 years.

Vera-Tucker isn’t a perfect prospect, but the athleticism he has can cover up a lot of issues he has while he works on them and develops those areas of his game.

Grade: Round 1

Where he Goes: Round 1


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