The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Tyler Shelvin 2021 NFL Draft Profile
Position: Defensive Lineman
Size: 6-foot-3, 346 pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2019 stats: 39 total tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 2 passes defended
Shelvin has joined a few other LSU football players in opting out for the 2020 college football season. Like the others, he is a solid prospect who is likely expecting to be drafted early in the draft.
As one of the best players in Louisiana coming out of high school, Shelvin decided to stay in-state and play for the Tigers. He redshirted his first season on campus in 2017. In 2018, he played in six games, finishing the year with 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss. His play helped the Tigers to a 10-win season and a victory over UCF in the Fiesta Bowl. He stepped up in 2019 with 39 total tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and two passes defended. LSU was able to go 15-0 and win the National Championship with Shelvin’s play being a huge factor.
While he could’ve benefitted from another year of college football, Shelvin has already shown he can help a team win. He is currently projected to be selected within the first few rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Shelivin’s size is among the best in the class for an interior defensive lineman. He is 6-foot-3 and 346 pounds, which allows him to do plenty of things. He can take on several blockers and is not easily pushed out of the way. Shelvin’s size and strength makes him a very difficult matchup in the middle of the line as he is disruptive.
His ability to move is great given his size. Shelvin has solid quickness and can move his feet better than his size would indicate. Because he is so big, when he moves at a decent pace, he can also generate a lot of power.
With his physical tools, Shelvin is a great run defender. He takes on multiple blocks, while not giving up any space. Shelvin can attack gaps and really create problems for running backs trying to find space. If he is blocked with one man, he can shed the block easily. Shelvin shows good pursuit of the ball carrier once he beats his blocker or blockers on the play. He will be a run-stuffing savant at the next level.
Shelvin is not going to provide much of a pass-rushing presence. He needs to add more pass-rushing moves to his arsenal if he wants to become a more well-rounded player. His biggest strength as a pass rusher is pushing the pocket, which is valuable, but he isn’t going to produce many sacks.
Because he’s a nose tackle, Shelvin will likely not be on the field in pass-rushing situations. While being a two-down player could push him down draft boards, it also will allow him to do what he does best, which is stopping the run.
Shelvin could get a better jump at the snap of the ball to have more success. He isn’t slow at the snap of the ball, but he could be even more disruptive if he was lightning quick at the snap of the ball. Shelvin could turn from a good prospect to a great one if he got off the line of scrimmage faster.
Project Draft Range: First Round Pick-Third Round Pick
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