3. Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, NY Jets
Seriously? A rookie guard making the Pro Bowl? As in a Jets rookie offensive lineman performing amongst the best in the league?
Absolutely. There is a reason why the Jets dealt two third-round picks in addition to the 23rd overall pick to move to take Alijah Vera-Tucker 14th overall.
He is simply that good of a player.
Standing at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, the USC product was indisputably the best guard prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft. He is strong in pass protection, something the Jets desperately need, as well as being a sound run blocker.
He is not going to overwhelm defenders with his power, but Vera-Tucker has excellent hands and has fluid movement after the snap. Plus, despite having played tackle in college, he has the tools to make for an elite left guard.
Yes, that is right, Vera-Tucker is going to line up on the left side, which is as big of a reason as any as to why he can make the Pro Bowl. He will be alongside stud left tackle Mekhi Becton, forming a dangerous duo for Gang Green.
A phenomenal athlete in his own right, the Jets wanted to bulk up in the trenches to protect Zach Wilson. With Vera-Tucker, the Jets found a player who can play left guard in front of him for the next decade.
In the end, there is a reason the Jets traded up to take Alijah Vera-Tucker in the top 15 of the draft. And that is because the team views him as another future Pro Bowler to have on the left side of their offensive line.