2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: S Tyler Coyle

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Purdue safety Tyler Coyle is one of the belles of the 2021 Pro Day circuit after some eye-opening numbers at the Purdue showcase this spring. Coyle posted monster numbers in just about every test, but his resume on film does not align with the special display he put on for NFL personnel. As such, Coyle makes for a challenging projection after transferring from Connecticut to Purdue for his redshirt senior season of eligibility. Coyle’s instincts in coverage to process route combinations are only modest and he can be suckered into color flashing across his face, which pulls him out of position to defend the football. His best work comes when he’s allowed to flash and react to things in front of his face, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s transitioned into a nickel linebacker/safety hybrid down the road to ease his vision and give him shorter spaces to work. 

Ideal Role: Developmental safety and special teams gunner.

Scheme Fit: Nickel-heavy defensive system featuring three safeties.

Written by Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

Founder and Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Founder and Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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