NFL Draft 2021: 2 Bay Area natives selected in 1st round


PASADENA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker #75 of the USC Trojans adjusts his helmet during the first half of a football game at Rose Bowl on November 17, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)

(KRON) — Bay Area, represent!

Two talented athletes from the Bay Area were selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

The first California pick on Thursday was Oakland native Alijah Vera-Tucker.

The New York Jets traded up from No. 23 to No. 14 to get Vera-Tucker in the first round.

New York sent its first-round pick, No. 23, and two third round picks, No. 66 and No. 86, to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the 14th pick and a fourth-rounder, No. 143.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Trojan played tackle for USC, but will switch to guard in the league.

Vera-Tucker, 21, was born and raised in Oakland and attended Bishop O’Dowd High School.

Najee Harris was selected 24th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Harris was born in Martinez but went to school in Antioch.

The 6-foot-2 running back has been in the pro conversation since his days at Antioch High School.

He went on to play college football for the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he had the greatest career by an Alabama running back ever.

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