Jack Tyler NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Darren PageFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

Virginia Tech linebacker Jack Tyler (58) pressures Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Virginia Tech won the game 19-9.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Jack Tyler, ILB, Virginia Tech (HT: 6’1” WT: 230 lbs)

 

 

Positives

  • Technically sound linebacker in terms of lateral movement and pursuit angles. 
  • Plays with an instinctiveness and anticipation for blockers, deciphers information quickly. 
  • Adequate long speed to trail and cut down space in man coverage. 
  • Fluid hips and change-of-direction skills translate to pass coverage well. 
  • Plays with low pads and natural leverage against blockers and ball-carriers. 
  • Effective run blitzer through timing and acceleration into gaps. 
  • Tracks pulls to the perimeter with lateral agility and discipline to keep inside-out pursuit. 
  • Not dissuaded from contact by size deficiency, will scrap in the box. 
  • Productive in pure tackle numbers as well as plays made in the backfield. 
  • Climbing the ladder from a non-scholarship player a testament to his character and work ethic.

Negatives

  • Not as decisive or quick in his read and react as he needs to be. 
  • Looks and plays smaller than his listed size. 
  • Lacks significant open-field speed in pursuit, especially for an undersized linebacker. 
  • Doesn’t hit a second gear in pursuit and leaves plays on the field. 
  • Played a very limited coverage role for Virginia Tech. 
  • Doesn’t make a lot of plays on passes in the air, limited reach. 
  • Runs out of ideas as a rusher if a blocker gets hands to him. 
  • Guilty of false steps or guessing when he doesn’t get pulls to read. 
  • Little presence as a run defender, can be physically overwhelmed in the box. 
  • Can’t hold his ground or keep his shoulders square when taking on blocks. 
  • Feels his way around the box, not an aggressive or hard-nosed linebacker. 
  • Lets blocks run up on him by sitting on his heels and hesitating. 
  • Lacks of NFL-level power to halt ball-carriers and exert power as a tackler. 
  • Fails to break down in space and misses tackles on occasion.
Collegiate Statistics
YearTeamTacklesTFLSacksFFPD
2010VT256001
2011VT422.51.500
2012VT119132.503
2013VT100114.511
http://www.sports-reference.com/

Personal Notes

  • Former walk-on. 
  • 2012 Second Team All-ACC. 
  • 2013 Second Team All-ACC. 
  • 2013 team captain.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made at nces.ed.gov.

Overall

Jack Tyler came a long way from a walk-on to a commander of one of the ACC’s best defenses in 2013.  He lacks the size and strength of a traditional middle linebacker, but is more than willing to throw his weight around.  The lack of optimal athleticism and size will catch up with him at the professional level.  Tyler could still warrant a draft pick as a depth and special teams-type linebacker.

Draft Projection: 7th Round-UDFA