Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Jack Tyler (58) and Hokies cornerback Brandon Facyson (31) tackle Virginia Cavaliers running back Kevin Parks (25) in the third quarter at Scott Stadium. The Hokies won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jack Tyler was not a guy that many people would have expected to do much damage at Virginia Tech when he first walked on in Blacksburg but now Tyler is a player that likely has a NFL future. Some would say that Jack Tyler is undersized to play the position at the next level but Tyler will get the chance to he has earned and deserved to play in the NFL somewhere. So, where could Jack Tyler end up going in the 2014 NFL Draft this May?
Jack Tyler had a very good senior season to finish out his career with 100 tackles and 4.5 sacks over the 13 games during the 2013 College Football Season. Jack Tyler was a leader of the Virginia Tech defense and those qualities will have to be taken into account when teams look at where he could go in the 2014 NFL Draft and his potential impact at the next level. Tyler is a guy that has been an underdog before when he was a walk-on at Virginia Tech but he took advantage of his opportunity and now is ready to move up to the next level.
Tyler is a tackling machine that doesn’t miss very many tackles which is what a lot of NFL teams expect from their linebackers which should help Jack Tyler’s draft stock. Tyler also has some of the best instincts of any of the linebackers in the 2014 NFL Draft and those type of players always seem to be able to find a way to make an impact at the next level. Tyler’s skill set should allow him to be versatile enough to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme at the next level which is an important quality for a linebacker.
One thing that will hurt Jack Tyler’s stock is his size as most teams would prefer a guy that is over 6 feet tall to be at a position like inside linebacker. These measurables will be checked at the 2014 NFL Combine and at the Virginia Tech Pro Day but Tyler’s size could definitely hurt his draft stock. Tyler also has never been the greatest athlete and that could also hurt him with the draft traditionally seeing players with less athleticism and high IQ go later than guys with the opposite.
So, where could Jack Tyler end up going in the 2014 NFL Draft? There have always been some players that go way higher than expected like when current Carolina Panthers safety Mike Mitchell seemed like a potential undrafted player but went to the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. However, Tyler seems certain to end up going on day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft in the fifth to seventh round. There is a chance that Tyler goes undrafted but a player with his instincts should end up being drafted.