Alijah Vera-Tucker is officially headed to the National Football League…
The 21-year-old part-Latino offensive lineman is the No. 14 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Vera-Tucker was selected by the New York Jets in the First Round, the first Latino football player picked this year.
Vera-Tucker played tackle and guard at the University of Southern California (USC) for two seasons and was one of the best offensive linemen in the country.
He won the Morris Trophy in 2020 for being the nation’s best offensive lineman. Tucker was also a First-Team All-Pac 12 selection in 2020 and Second-Team All-Pac 12 in 2019.
Tucker secures the left side of the Jets’ offensive line, with Mekhi Becton anchoring down the left tackle position. This pick gives Zach Wilson, the Jets’ top pick, some much-needed protection.