Vera-Tucker was a four-star recruit and the 114th nationally ranked recruit in the 2017 cycle. Very versatile for USC and has started as left tackle since Austin Jackson was drafted in 2020. He was named to the AP’s All-Pac 12 First Team in 2019 while being named USC’s offensive lineman of the year. Won the offensive Morris trophy given to the Pac-12’s best offensive lineman at the same time earning a spot on the 2020 All-Pac 12 First Team.
He's got a thick-body with strong hands and good core strength, allowing him to play with decent balance. He's not a massive power driver but he does have the frame to add more weight and power to his game. Vera-Tucker is excellent at catching and tagging moving targets in space. He was great while playing LT in 2020 and this has led to many scouts thinking he can be a solid starting left tackle in the NFL. He's performed well as both a pass protector and run blocker
Alijah Vera-Tucker might be the best fit for any zone scheme as a Guard. He’s got the pass-blocking technique, good balance to be a great interior player for a zone-blocking team. His pass protection is NFL level at left guard.
His run blocking is also excellent- he has the power to move most defensive tackles. His mobility is excellent considering his size.
He has displayed the versatility to play any spot across the OL at the college level. But is still viewed as pro-level guard.
His height and arm length aren't ideal to play left or right tackle in the NFL full-time, he looks more like an interior line player.
Overall we view as Vera-Tucker as a very good prospect at LG, who could start right away and could be a long term quality starter. If on the other hand, a team was looking at drafting him to play tackle he is somewhat less promising.
We consider him worthy of a late first-round or early second pick