Jets trade up for OL Ali Vera-Tucker at 14th overall after Zach Wilson pick

Jack Baer
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The New York Jets drafted their new franchise quarterback with the second pick of the 2021 NFL draft, and now they're trading for a player who will ideally be protecting Zach Wilson for a long time.

In a trade with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets traded up to the 14th pick in the draft to take USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker.

To make the move up to No. 14 from No. 23, the Jets sent two third-round picks to the Vikings.

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Vera-Tucker was ranked by Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm as the No. 13 prospect in the draft, a high-floor prospect who could start immediately. The question around his future is which position he will play; he excelled at both guard positions as a redshirt freshman and sophomore before moving to left tackle for his junior year.

He looked good at left tackle last year, but the Jets already have last year's first-round pick, Mekhi Becton, at left tackle. That could mean a move back to the interior for Vera-Tucker, but the upshot here is that the Jets are investing resources to help Wilson.

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