Tyler Shelvin NFL Draft 2021: Scouting Report for Cincinnati Bengals DL

BR NFL Scouting DepartmentContributor IMay 1, 2021

Northwestern State wide receiver Akile Davis (9) catches a pass as LSU nose tackle Tyler Shelvin (72) defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Patrick Dennis)
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 6'2 1/8"



—Very strong hands, which help him dominate the run game.

—Special ability to get grown men on the ground.

—Solid get-off for a two-gapping defensive lineman.

—Plays both sides of a center well.

—Hard to move off the line of scrimmage.

—Foot speed is an underrated trait.



—Has few positive plays when downblocked.

—Tackling is a major question when in position to make a tackle.

—Pass-rushing ability is limited and may not get better due to his size.

—Much better when asked to eat up space than when asked to get off blocks.



Did not play in 2020.

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—Grade issues since high school, which led to him sitting out 2017 due to academic reasons.

—Served a two-week suspension in 2018 after reaching 390 pounds.

—Opted out of the 2020 college football season.



Tyler Shelvin is who you think of when you imagine a nose tackle prospect. He's a great run defender with limited pass-rushing potential, but is very strong in a phone booth. His weight has been an issue at times, and academic issues raise more questions about his commitment.

Shelvin played in only 21 total games at LSU (14 starts) before opting out of the 2020 season and declaring for the draft, but he showed up at his pro day at a reasonable 350 pounds. With that being said, he can play immediately as a nose tackle in the NFL so long as he keeps his weight under control.

GRADE: 7.4/10 (Round 4)





Written by B/R NFL Scout Justis Mosqueda

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