Jets trade up to select Alijah Vera-Tucker at No. 14 overall

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The Jets already selected a quarterback by selecting Zach Wilson with the second overall pick.

Now they’ve drafted someone to help protect him.

New York sent the 23rd, 66th, and 86th overall picks in the 2021 draft to Minnesota in exchange for the 14th and 143rd selections. With that 14th pick, the Jets selected USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker.

Vera-Tucker won the Morris Trophy as the best offensive lineman in the Pac 12, after starting all six games at left tackle for USC in 2020. But when the Jets selected him, he was announced as a guard — which he played in his first three collegiate seasons.

The Jets also selected an offensive lineman in the first round last season, taking tackle Mekhi Becton at No. 11 overall.

12 responses to “Jets trade up to select Alijah Vera-Tucker at No. 14 overall

  1. Mac Jones seemed destined to end up on the Patriots. I guess we will see how good belichick is at developing quarterbacks after all.

  2. Omg and they didn’t even get in the 2nd round still while missing out of the OL guy they desperately needed. Trade woulda made much more sense if they got the Jets 23rd, 34th and one of 66 or 86 smh.

  3. I guess the Vikings are all set with their OL since they traded the pick. Probably figure they saved $$$ by not having to pay at 14.Ridiculous. Vikings blow it again!

  4. Speilman blew this one . Now we’ll draft some stiff instead of the stud LT we need.

  5. This is EXACTLY why the Vikings are content on going for the division every year, they can never ever get the 2-3 missing pieces and are fine with having a below avg online so a good qb can look great and terrible any given Sunday. Very disappointed Rick, you can’t trade studs for maybes like this one.

  6. This as a good trade for the Vikings.
    The Jets would have bene better off not trading up and insteqd taking 3 Olinemen in R2-R3

  7. All the criticism of Spielman is stupid. He got a player at #23 that lots of mock drafts had the Vikings taking at #14. They filled their biggest position of need and got extra picks in the process. Well done.

  8. Spielman playing 4D chess again. Vikings came out ahead on the draft value chart and still got the guy they wanted. AVT is going to be a good player but a LT is more valuable than a guard. With four thirds and three fourths he’ll be moving up to the second round for more value.

  9. Spielman Day one , passing grade. Now let’s see what he does with the second round. I feel like they could use 2-2nd round picks really.

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