Alijah Vera-Tucker

OG

USC

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6'3"

Height

Weight

315

Vertical
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
32 1/8"
3-Cone
Vertical
Broad Jump
Bench Press
40-Time
10-Time-1
20-Time-2
20-Shuttle

7.3

Final Grade

Injury History

Games Evaluated

2020 vs Oregon, 2020 vs Utah, 2020 vs UCLA, 2020 vs Arizona State, 2019 vs Notre Dame, 2019 vs Utah

Team Fit

TEN

ATL

LAR

Strengths 

All around athlete for the guard position and a pretty solid one at tackle. Football IQ is great. Great hands in both pass and run sets. Willing road grader. Toughness isn't an issue. Positional versatility is a plus. Consistent from rep to rep against the better pass rushers he has faced. Frequently seen at the second level constantly searching for the next target.

Weaknessess

Has reps of being pushed back (Oregon 2020 against Kayvon Thibodeaux in particular). Although rare, he has some losses on his record via quicker and bendy rushers. Seemingly content to make the block rather than to punish defenders for crossing into his line of sight.

Big Picture

He profiles as a swing tackle / guard at the next level but is ideally suited for guard. AVT can start at tackle if needed to so teams will love his versatility. He's projected as a first round pick due to the athleticism shown on his film. Shouldn't go any lower than the lower rungs of the second round.

Player Comp

Taylor Lewan

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

8.7

The tape shows great athleticism for his position group. Foot quickness is outstanding. Plays with excellent balance in that upper and lower portions of his body are connected. Doesn't get knocked off the ball often. However, play strength can be an issue at times due to fact that he has short arms for a tackle and can be knocked off his feet. Great explosion off the snap when he pulls and traps. Flexible bend at the knees and waist. Moves really well laterally.

Quickness
Flexibility
Lateral Agility
Explosion
Balance
Play Strength
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7
6.5

Run Blocking:

7.42

7.25

7.25

Big Play Ability

Down Blocking
Movement off L.O.S.
Reach Block
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
7.5
7.5
7
7.5
7.5
7.5

Doesn't feature a ton of power but when his hands connect to the defender, it's over. Excellent hand usage and doesn't get called for holding penalties often. Lateral quickness allows him to pull and adjust in space with little effort at all. He really moves the opponent off the ball when he blocks in line. Outstanding instincts and feet when he moves in any direction but is frequently seen as the lead puller in the offense at both tackle and guard. Rarely not seen searching for targets at the second level.

Pass Blocking:

7.5

7.25

Fires into pass set quickly. Foot speed is very good and he mirrors the rusher well using his exceptional kick slide speed. Anchors and resets are above average as well athletically. Again, he doesn't have the most powerful hands but the defender rarely gets by him. Excellent flexibility allows him to protect the corner against the more bendy and quicker rushers. Handles the counter moves well after the initial move is dealt with. Uses his hands very well as the defender can't use any hand based moves such as chops or punches to defeat the block. Athletically, he's very sound. Doesn't get panicked when he's beaten.

Quick Set
Leverage
Mirror Ability
Anchor/Reset Ability
Ability to Combat Inside Move
Hands/Punch
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5

Competitiveness:

7.67

7.25

Instincts

7.25

Field Vision

Decision Making

Pre-Snap Adjustment

7.25

7.25

Tough as nails competitor who doesn't quit even if he's physically outmatched. Consistently good with very little dropoff from guard to tackle. The power isn't quite there but he is competent in that area. A road grader when he has to be.

Toughness
Consistency/Motor
Mauling Ability
8
8
7

Intelligence:

7.67

7.25

Communication is top notch. Handles blitzes and stunts very well and passes off blocks to teammates when necessary. Excellent at combo blocking. Position versatility is there with the experience at left guard and left tackle.

Communication
Handle Games/Stunts
Position Versatility
7.5
7.5
8