Southern California Senior
Has good straight-line burst to hit the hole quickly. Can run with authority downhill and break arm tackles. Will lower teh shoulder and deliver blow to defender and will keep feet moving after contact. Capable running between the tackles. Does a good job showing patience and following his blocks. Has decent lateral quickness and burst out of his cuts, showing ability to side-step and juke defenders in space and on the second level. Has good hands and capable receiver in the flat. Will contribute in pass protection.
Lacks speed and ability to really break plays once he gets on the second level. Doesn't really wow you with his vision and is not a guy that does a great job creating on his own. Struggles to break arm tackles when moving laterally. And not very good when you get him to go east and west. Needs more polish in the passing game. Has questions about his durability.
Tyler is a solid runner that has good size, but is not as consistently physical as his size would suggest. At times he runs hard, but he's a bit more of a finesse back most of the time. He projects as a reserve at the next level. The durability is a concern, as he's dealt with significant injuries in 4 of the past 5 years. He was suspended for the season opener due to some drunken comments he made about making money at USC to TMZ. Son of former NFL running back Wendell Tyler, who played with the Rams (1977-82) and 49ers (1983-86).
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/10) vs. Utah: 15 att., 73 yds, 4.9 YPC, 12 YAC, 1 TD; 2 tgt., 1 rec., 19 yds, 18 YAC, 0 TDs
(10/13) at California: 11 att., 30 yds, 2.7 YPC, 7 YAC, 0 TDs; 2 tgt., 2 rec., 11 yds, 19 YAC, 0 TDs
2011: 10 GP/6 GS, 122 att., 568 yds, 4.7 YPC, 4 TD; 11 rec., 108 yds, 0 TDs
2010: 13/8-171-913-5.3-9; 17-127-1
2009: 1/0-5-72-14.4-0; 0-0-0
2008: 8/0-36-198-5.5-1; 1-10-1
- suspended for season opener in 2011, missed 1 game with sprained shoulder
- missed almost all of 2009 with a sprained toe
- missed 3 games in 2008 due to sprained hip
- broke his leg prior to his freshman year in a HS playoff game
Tyler plays behind primarily a zone-blocking line at USC, and he probably projects best in that scheme at the next level. He's not as quick or explosive as that scheme usually desires. But for a zone-blocking team that already has a homerun threat and is looking for someone that is able to get the tougher yards between the tackles, he could work as a reserve. He'll particularly work well in an offense that still makes ample use of the fullback. There's nothing special about Tyler's game, but he's a capable runner. He's a player that might be better served dropping some weight to add some quickness. While he's a guy that runs hard and has a physical element to his game, he's not a great power runner. And losing 5-10 pounds that can add a step or two of quickness isn't really going to hurt his power, something he did before the Combine by dropping 11 pounds. When he keeps his feet moving, his power is good, but he's a bit inconsistent there. The durability and the lack of ideal burst and vision will probably limit his potential at the next level. But he's a guy that I think can be a productive role player behind a good line. The type of player that he would compare to is Derrick Ward, who was productive behind good lines with the Giants and Texans, but not so much in his lone year with the Bucs. He's a guy that can be good and effective in spots, but isn't going to bring a whole lot more than his blocking allows, exactly what you expect from a backup, not a starter. And like Ward, I'm not sure he's going to be a guy that will be a regular part of most offenses each week, but instead will be a good depth option that you can give 5-8 touches most weeks. And if/when the starter is injured he can potentially carry the load for a few games. Early on he is going to have to prove he can play on special teams however, since he's not likely to get a ton of offensive opportunities right off the bat.
Derrick Ward, Houston Texans.
Tyler can add depth in Atlanta, and if the team were to part ways with Jason Snelling, he could potentially fill that niche as a No. 3 right now, but would probably be a subpar No. 2 guy if asked to take a significant role early on. He can add depth in Atlanta, and if he improves in the passing game can start to earn some reps on third down and be a guy that can be developed down the road as a complementary player to Jacquizz Rodgers as the tough, between the tackles guy. But he's not really a guy that is going to produce consistently on a weekly basis. He's an ideal No. 3 option for the Falcons, but is not a slam dunk as a No. 2 guy. He's not likely to make major contributions to the Falcons ground attack until probably his third year or so.
Tyler has some upside to develop if he can stay healthy and get behind a good line. But he's more a complementary role player than a guy that is going to be able to carve a significant niche as a starter. That means probably the earliest he should come off the board is in the fifth round. He's a late round pick that can add depth and could develop into a decent to good No. 2 down the road, but he's probably a career backup.
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