2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Tyler Sash
Sash started to become a ball hawk early in his career, always seeming to be around the football in some way, shape or form. He was one of the leaders of a talented Hawkeye defense that featured players like Adrian Clayborn and Christian Ballard.
Player Name: Tyler Sash
Position: Strong Safety
40 Time: 4.62
Sash is a versatile football player with excellent intangibles. He’s a smart player, and uses his football IQ to make up for his lack of overall athleticism. Sash is a ball hawk and is always around the play. He has excellent awareness, and does a good job at not letting anything get behind him. His straight line speed isn’t spectacular, but he plays faster than his timed speed. Sash does a nice job of locating the ball in the air, and is a force against the run. He will come up and clean the ball carrier’s clock, and can force a strip. He’s not afraid to play up close to the line and get into the backfield either.
Sash isn’t a great athlete. He plays stiff at times, and will struggle if he has to cover a receiver in man coverage. He can stick with most tight ends at the college level, but will struggle with the quicker ones down the field. While he plays physical, he needs to work on his strength, and tackling ability in the open field. He won’t be an interception machine at the next level, but he can make plays on the ball.
Sash is going to be a great special teams player at the very least, and I can easily see him starting in the near future because of his high football IQ and defensive awareness. Sash should come off the board in the fourth round, and could contribute as early as his rookie season. Look for a team like Chicago, Tampa Bay, New York (Jets), or Indianapolis to take a hard look at him.
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