ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER | USC | OG | #75 | rJr | 6032 | 310 | Oakland, CA | Bishop O’Dowd | 06.17.99 (21)
A part of what is quietly a fantastic interior offensive line group for the 2021 draft, “AVT” presents an all- around physical profile that could provide him a role as a starter early in his career. He’s a well-proportioned interior player who hits all the necessary size thresholds wanted from the position. Vera-Tucker is a smooth operator for a man his size, profiling perfectly to a zone blocking scheme that values the ability to move the line of scrimmage laterally. AVT is such a smooth athlete that he even operated at left tackle in 2020 for the Trojans and played very well -- well enough that some teams may toy with the idea of keeping him outside. He is able to attack shoulders well, establishing leverage early in reps. Originally recruited as an offensive tackle, his background in pass sets can be seen, remaining balanced and patient. Despite the natural gifts, Vera-Tucker leaves you wanting just a little bit more. He’s not aggressive enough, appearing a little passive working past first contact and into the second level. It’s all there for Vera-Tucker to become a starting-caliber player relatively early in his career. If he is able to develop a mean streak, his combination of size and athleticism should be valued somewhere on Day 2 of the 2021 draft, but it's also likely teams might fall in love with him as a first-rounder.
Appearing in 31 total games for the Trojans over his career, Vera-Tucker started 19 games for the team at left guard and left tackle. Decided to opt out of the 2020 season in order to prepare for the draft, but chose to opt back in once the Pac-12 season was set to kick off. He won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12's top offensive lineman, as voted on by the league's defensive linemen. Played at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California. Chose USC over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and Colorado, among others.
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