There is no question that Georgia defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson is an under-the-radar prospect in this year's draft, and he could end up being a major steal.
At 6'2" and 306 pounds, Tyson has the size that teams look for in a defensive tackle. He didn't put up mind-boggling numbers while at Georgia, but he was a two-year starter and a regular contributor. His experience in the rough-and-tumble SEC ultimately led to a shot at the NFL.
What Tyson Brings to the Team
Tyson is far from the most explosive defensive tackle in the draft, and there isn't any one particular aspect that he excels at, but he is a gamer who is sure to put in an honest effort every game. Tyson was considered to be a great senior leader at Georgia this past season as he set a strong example for the younger players. He figures to bring that same mentality to the NFL as he is truly a lunch-pail player with a high motor.
While Tyson only racked up 20 tackles this past season, he was more of a disruptive force than his numbers would suggest. Tyson picked up 11 quarterback pressures on the season, so there is no question that he has the ability to cause some havoc. His best asset is occupying blockers to free up his teammates, though, and that is a highly underrated skill to have.
What Experts Are Saying
Tyson isn't a player that is going to wow you, but he is a solid performer who isn't afraid to do the dirty work. According to Pro Football Weekly's scouting report on Tyson, he has a good NFL body and a future in the league thanks to his non-stop effort.
Thick-trunked, long-armed, unflashy, short-area block occupier who could compete for a backup job as a 4-3 nose tackle. Competes, plays hard.
Tyson probably won't ever be a star in the league, just like he wasn't at Georgia, but there is no reason why he can't be a solid complementary player for a very long time.
At this point it's difficult to see Tyson being anything more than a depth player as a rookie. Because of his size and effort, I expect him to impress enough during training camp and the preseason to make the roster, but that's about it. Pessimistically, Tyson could be a practice-squad player this season, but on the high end, perhaps he can be an active player for the majority of the team's regular-season games.
It will likely be tough for him to be involved in the defensive line rotation regularly, but even if he gets a little playing time, it should be good for his development. Unfortunately, it will be tough for Tyson to make much of an impact on special teams because of his size, so that will limit his usage quite a bit.
The Baltimore Ravens are nothing if not defensively stacked so the addition of Tyson is a no-brainer in the seventh round. Some of his physical tools are lacking, but this is still a kid who held his own in the rugged SEC and is a hard worker. Given time to develop, he could become a weapon on the defensive line and will provide good depth in the interim.
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