My highest-graded offensive lineman on this class isn’t Penei Sewell from Oregon or Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater. It’s Alijah Vera-Tucker from USC, and it’s not likely up for debate.
Vera-Tucker checked each field an NFL crew can presumably need in a lineman throughout the Trojans’ 2020 season. He’s obtained excellent practical athleticism, brute energy, anchor energy, hand/shoulder/hip approach and coordination, and his footwork obtained higher the extra reps he obtained. He’s performed left guard and left sort out and might be an instantaneous NFL starter at both spot. I like him most at proper sort out, the place he could possibly be an elite presence shortly. He’s “solely” 6-foot-4, and his arms usually are not lengthy, so he’ll most likely shift again inside to protect. He’s a top-10 general expertise on this class for me, and I’d definitely let him show he can’t play sort out earlier than making the transfer to protect.
Neither Sewell nor Slater performed in 2020, so there most likely is a case of “out of sight/out of thoughts” with their evaluations. I like them each fairly a bit, although others can be greater on Slater than I’m. There’s some nice tape and all-around skill with Slater, no query, however I fear a bit that he performs too upright and depends on recovering effectively as a tactic as a substitute of a Plan B. All three are worthy high 25 picks for me.
On the flip aspect, I’ve but to know what some very sensible folks I sometimes belief see in Jalen Mayfield from Michigan. I see some athletic instruments however not elite ones, not like with Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw or Sam Cosmi from Texas. Mayfield barely performed 1,000 snaps in faculty, and he struggled together with his palms, anchor and skill to dictate engagement at proper sort out. There may be undoubtedly upside, however something earlier than the latter half of the third spherical is dictating an excessive amount of speedy expectation on a precocious participant who wants a number of work earlier than he can capably play within the NFL.
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