Tyrone is a sleeper. He is a pure 4-3 defensive left end for the smart team that drafts him. In any other defensive front, he will be solid, but not impactful. He has excellent size, strength and foot speed to rush the passer and is strong and smart enough to stop the run. He shows good explosion off the line, understands his assignments and is an excellent teammate. He shows leadership skills through his play on the field. Tyrone still has upside to his game. He played in a rotation system that used multiple fronts and was flipped from one side to the other depending on the defensive scheme that was being used for the down and distance and strength of its opponent. Tyrone has good change of direction skills to go along with his good length and surprising natural strength. He has excellent football intelligence and a professional work ethic. Tyrone is the type of player who becomes a fan favorite and a core player for the team that drafts him. He is what I call sleepy good. The fans will know he is good, his coaches and teammates will know he is good, but the media will think he is just average.
Because Tyrone has played in a multiple front defense and has been moved all over the place, he really hasn't developed his pass rushing moves and is not consistent off the snap. But when he gets some repetitions under his belt at just one position, all of this will change quickly. He does much better pass rushing from the right side of the defense against the left tackle. It looks like that is his natural position. He is not big enough to be a defensive end in a 3-4 and does not have all the linebacker skills needed to be a OLB/DE in a 3-4, but will give you the effort. This limits Tyrone to teams that run a 4-3 defense, which may might cause him to drop in this draft. He needs a lot of pass rushing technique work to learn the little things that will make him an outstanding defensive lineman instead of just a good defensive lineman.
I think a lot of scouts are overlooking the pure athletic talent that is on this team because the defense is coached so well. These players know how to play TEAM defense and, because of this, they are in the right spot most of the time to make plays without using the effort most other defensive players have to use. The truth is, we talk about this offense all the time, but this defense has more pure NFL talent on it than the offense. Tyrone was used in a rotation which makes people think there is something wrong with his athleticism, but now you see by his workouts that is not the case. Then, Tyrone was used at a position in a 3-4 defensive front, that might not be his strength, but in spite of that, plays very well. He makes tackles against the run and sacks the QB, all within the structure of the defense and that makes most people think he is just an "OK" player. He's the catch, when you see Tyrone put his hand on the ground in a 4-3 front and go up against a left tackle, just his stance alone makes me know something is up with this kid. Than he snaps off and changes the line of scrimmage and pressures the QB and I know right away that he could be much better if that were his regular position. To be sure, I waited for his numbers to come out and now I know I'm right. He has the quickness and just needs the repetitions and technique improvement to bring it out what I saw on the field when he played DE in a 4-3 defense on the right side against the left tackle consistently. With this kid's work ethic and intelligence, I have no doubt he will be that sneaky good player that everyone but the media appreciates. I don't know what round Tyrone will be selected in this draft, but I do know this kid has "upside" written all over him.
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Drew Boylhart March /12