Tysyn Hartman is an all-around average safety whose best qualities may be his intangibles. Hartman, a converted backup quarterback at Kansas State, does not have any measurables that imply that he will be an NFL superstar, but he certainly has the ability to find a niche somewhere in the game.
Hartman (6'3", 206 pounds) is a willing tackler and typically places at or near the top of the stat page for Kansas State when it comes to tackles. By all accounts, Hartman is an intelligent player, using his background at quarterback to have a full grasp of the game.
Hartman's instincts often put him in the right spot on the field to make plays, however his lack of speed might be too much to overcome to be an every-down player in the pros. Hartman ran just a 4.62 40-yard dash and doesn't have eye-popping power in his hits either.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
That being said, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller saw enough upside in Hartman to rate him as the No. 10 free safety in the NFL draft.
Sports Illustrated rated Hartman as a 2.0 on their five-point prospect rating scale, which they translate to "a late-round draft pick or priority free agent that must develop his talents on the practice squad."
Sports Illustrated listed Hartman's fundamentals as his main strength:
"Effectively reads the action, takes good angles to plays and works well with cornerbacks. Displays timing in pass defense and picks up assignments over the middle of the field."
They also point out the limitations Hartman faces due to his less-than-elite athletic ability:
"Lacks a quick backpedal and loses transitioning to run with opponents down the field. Struggles staying with receivers out of their breaks. Lacks quick and fluid change-of-direction ability and cannot go sideline to sideline."
EXPECTED IMPACT AS A ROOKIE
Overall, Hartman shouldn't be expected to have an immediate impact as a pro. Having a high football I.Q. can only take you so far if you are limited in your athletic ability. However, a character player like Hartman is worth taking a chance on in hopes that he will develop into a usable player.
The Kansas City Chiefs did well to bring Hartman in as a rookie free agent signing as he was clearly a draftable prospect.
Hartman was voted team captain at Kansas State and could have value to an organization in ways not seen by the public. He may have the chance to show his skills on special teams at first and even if he doesn't get an immediate shot in the secondary, he could find himself seeing time as a late-season injury replacement.
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