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Examining 4 Potential NFL Destinations for Alijah Vera-Tucker

February 18, 2021
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Alijah Vera-Tucker had a very good career for USC. Originally a 4-star prospect in the 2017 class, he went on to play in 25 games, starting in 13 of them. As a guard in 2019, he was named USC’s Offensive Lineman of The Year and AP All-Pac-12 First Team. AVT returned in 2020 to become the Trojans’ left tackle and had a very strong year. Here are four teams I’d love to see Vera-Tucker play for as a pro.

1. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers found their franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert last season and they have the weapons(Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, etc.) to succeed. However, they struggled to protect the QB and were ranked last in the NFL by PFF. Vera-Tucker wouldn’t fix all their issues, but he’s a stable and consistent player that is plug-and-play at the Guard position. Additionally, he can be groomed into the tackle of the future if the franchise so desires. LA picks 13th in this year’s draft, which is right around where many draft gurus have AVT going. I think this would be a win-win for both sides.

2. Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals might be the best scheme fit for Alijah Vera-Tucker moving forward. I mean, Vera-Tucker nearly ended up playing for Kliff Kingsbury at USC before that all fell a part. Graham Harrell and Kingsbury obviously don’t run exact same system, but the foundation is there for AVT to come in and contribute immediately. Like the Chargers, the Cardinals should invest in protecting Kyler Murray moving forward. Arizona has the 16th pick.

3. Baltimore Ravens

There’s a world where teams view AVT as strictly a Guard instead of a tackle, which could cause him to slide slightly. This is where a team like the Baltimore Ravens could snag him towards the bottom of the first round. The Ravens were unable to fully fill the void left by future HOF G Marshal Yanda last year and recently OT Orlando Brown requested a trade. If AVT slides to the bottom of the 1st round, I would not be surprised if the Ravens scooped him up.

4. Kansas City Chiefs

If the Super Bowl showed anything, it’s that the game of football is still won in the trenches. Even a generational talent like Patrick Mahomes couldn’t overcome the challenges that come with a struggling offensive line. I’d be very surprised if he fell to the Chiefs, who pick at No.31, but I’d imagine he’d be hard to pass up at that spot. As a strong interior pass protector, he’d be a great fit there.

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