Alijah Vera-Tucker NFL Draft Prospect Profile

Yahoo Sports’ lead draft analyst Eric Edholm shares his evaluation of the USC offensive lineman.

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ERIC EDHOLM: USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker was a two-year starter for the Trojans, spent one year at left guard, one year at left tackle, and is a very intriguing NFL prospect.

On the upside, he's got a thick frame with solid athleticism, and we love his great combination of power and reactionary skills. He really adjusts well to stunts and blitz up front.

On the downside, he's got a bit of a shorter frame and a lack of elite athleticism that could peg him inside to guard at the NFL level. He also got exposed on the edge against Oregon in the Pac-12 title game, which does give us a little bit of a concern about his ability to pass block.

For an NFL comp, we're going to go pretty big, though. Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Zack Martin-- that's the kind of player we think Vera-Tucker can turn into.