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3 Most Likely Teams to Draft Alijah Vera-Tucker

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We're closing in on the NFL Draft that starts April 29, and FanDuel Sportsbook has you covered with all the NFL Draft odds. That includes for the top-15 offensive line prospects. USC Trojans guard Alijah Vera-Tucker has odds of +2900 to be the first offensive lineman drafted. He won't be the first offensive lineman off the board, but the 315-pound bulldozer will be a solid addition to an NFL team.

Vera-Tucker played guard in 2019 and earned second team All-Pac 12 honors, and was a third team All American, according to Pro Football Focus awards. In 2020, he moved to offensive tackle and played six games at the position, showed his versatility, leverage and strength.

Here are three teams to watch in the first round that could draft Alijah Vera-Tucker.

Alijah Vera-Tucker Draft Projection

3. New York Giants, No. 11

One NFL mock draft done by a columnist at The Athletic has Vera-Tucker going higher than expected to the New York Giants at No. 11. Most mock drafts project Vera-Tucker to be drafted in the second half of the first round. He's likely to be the third offensive lineman drafted, and the two players in front of him are offensive tackles. The Giants need to upgrade their offensive line, and figure to grab the best available lineman. Don't be surprised if that's Tucker.

2. Minnesota Vikings, No. 14

The Minnesota Vikings need interior offensive line help, and Vera-Tucker figures to be on their radar at No. 14. Vera-Tucker is viewed by many around the league as having low-bust potential and a high floor. He could be a solid fit in Minnesota's zone-blocking scheme in front of All-Pro running back Dalvin Cook. If the Vikings pass, the Las Vegas Raiders (No. 17) and Miami Dolphins (No. 18) are also potential fits for Vera-Tucker.

1. Kansas City Chiefs, No. 31

If Vera-Tucker lasts this long in the first round, the Kansas City Chiefs are likely to strongly consider him. Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz were both injured have been released this offseason, creating an obvious need at tackle. Vera-Tucker could slot in there, but he's also versatile enough to play guard alongside Joe Thuney if needed. For an O-Line with this many holes, Vera-Tucker's versatility could be really tough to pass up.


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