The Jets moved up nine spots from No. 23 to No. 14 to grab the Minnesota Vikings' first-round selection. The details of the deal can be found here via Connor Hughes of The Athletic:
Here's a look at how New York's depth chart shakes out with him in the mix.
Jets' Offensive Depth Chart
QB: Zach Wilson, James Morgan, Mike White
RB: La'Mical Perine, Ty Johnson
WR 1: Corey Davis
WR 2: Jamison Crowder
WR 3: Denzel Mims, Braxton Berrios
TE: Christopher Herndon, Ryan Griffin
LT: Mekhi Becton, Chuma Edoga
LG: Alijah Vera-Tucker, Cameron Clark
C: Connor McGovern, James Murray
RG: Alex Lewis, Greg Van Roten
RT: George Fant, Chuma Edoga
Vera-Tucker played offensive guard during the 2019 season before moving primarily to left tackle in 2020. The B/R NFL Scouting Department pegs him as an interior offensive lineman on the next level and listed 10th overall among all prospects. Drae Harris of the Draft Network sees him as an offensive guard.
NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who once oversaw the Dallas Cowboys' personnel department, is probably the highest on Vera-Tucker in the industry. He sees the former USC star as either a guard or tackle with "lots of upside for the future." Brandt ranks him sixth among all 2021 draft prospects.
Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network provided this analysis sum-up of the 21-year-old: "After initially announcing he would opt out of the 2020 season, Vera-Tucker returned to the field and had a brilliant campaign. He displays terrific footwork, strength as a run blocker, and the tenacity to start in the NFL, though I believe it will be at guard rather than tackle."
Even if most teams hypothetically see Vera-Tucker as a guard, his versatility makes him a prized prospect in this year's class, especially if his team encounters depth concerns due to injury.
New York clearly emphasized protecting new franchise quarterback Zach Wilson by moving up nine spots, and it's done just that by adding a potential cornerstone on the line for years to come.
Vera-Tucker should be a plug-and-play starter for the Jets, with Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network saying on the draft prospect that he should start at left guard.