The young duo of stalwart offensive linemen have yet to play a game together, but they're already making waves — or rather tsunamis — in practice. And they've wasted little time bonding off the field.
Becton and Vera-Tucker have even given themselves a nickname.
In an interview with SNY's Jeane Coakley, the two behemoth offensive linemen revealed their new nickname to be "Smash Bros" — a moniker that Becton claims to have come up with.
Coakley likened the duo to famous NBA tandem Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. For the record, Becton claimed to be the "Shaq" of the duo while Vera-Tucker was more than happy to claim the "Kobe" title.
The NY Jets have high hopes for Mekhi Becton and Alijah Vera-Tucker.
Becton, the 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, burst onto the scene as a rookie last season and immediately established himself as one of the best young offensive linemen in football.
The former Louisville star has received widespread praise with many even insisting that he has Hall of Fame potential. A survey of 50 NFL personnel heading into the 2021 season ranked Becton as the sixth-best offensive tackle in all of football.
Just as a reminder, he turned 22-years-old less than four months ago.
The Jets knew that Becton needed help, however. That's why they traded up nine spots in the 2021 NFL Drat to select Vera-Tucker with the 14th overall pick.
The pick marked the first time the Jets had selected offensive linemen in the first round in consecutive drafts since the 1977/1978 seasons (Marvin Powell and Chris Ward).
Vera-Tucker was a standout guard and tackle at USC and was widely considered to be the best interior offensive line prospect in this year's draft.
The Jets believed he was a top-10 player in his class, hence why they gave up as much as they did to secure him.
In Becton and Vera-Tucker, the Jets have two highly-touted young offensive linemen who they can build around for the foreseeable future.
The Smash Bros are here to stay. And it shouldn't be long before they begin to live up to their self-assigned moniker on Sundays.