Jaylen Twyman NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Minnesota Vikings DL

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman (97) sacks North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, in Pittsburgh. Twyman was selected to The Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
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 6'1 3/4"

WEIGHT: 301 lbs



—Pass-rushing potential as a 3-technique under tackle.

—Has real bend for a defensive tackle.

—Has a developed quick swim move that doesn't expose his ribs to offensive linemen.

—Quick eyes and play recognition is a positive.

—Technically developed for a one-year starter.

—Plays faster than his recorded pro day times.



—Undersized frame can hurt him at times.

—Risky player in the run game, as he can end up a gap behind his intended run fit.

—Can get knocked back on combos and double-teams, which hurt his linebackers.

—Needs to develop a faster way to disengage from blocks.



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Did not play in 2020.



—Made second-team All-American in 2019, his only season as a full-time starter.

—Opted out of the 2020 season to declare for the draft with two years of eligibility remaining.

—Uncle Parnell Motley was signed with three NFL teams last season and is currently a Denver Bronco.



Jaylen Twyman is a raw defensive tackle prospect who is slightly undersized (sub-6'2", 301 pounds), but he is able to make plays in the backfield. The trouble with his evaluation is that he has not played football in a year, only has one season of production and tested much poorly than his 2019 film would suggest.

If he can look like his 2019 self and continue to develop more consistency in his game, he has the chance to crack into a starting lineup as a 3-technique under tackle, but he will likely come off the bench early on in his career as a pass-rushing specialist.


GRADE: 7.3/10 (Round 4)





Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda

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