NAME: Troy Dye
JERSEY: No. 35
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 224 lbs
PROS: Just a stupid athlete. Has blur burst when playing downhill or looking to get into the boundary on screens, jets, and flares. Nigh on impossible to tag in space for OL when he’s at full throttle. Has great lateral agility and good flexibility, which lets him play through difficult and extends his tackle radius (good length also a contributing factor here). Can get skinny when shooting gaps and still finish the play. Flashes good instincts, especially when recognizing concepts previously used in-game, to get downhill and beat offensive linemen to spots. When playing downhill, is not afraid to recruit his hands/pads to initiate contact and win leverage in the correct gap. As a cover linebacker, has the athleticism and length to stick with most backs and tight ends. Shows some ability to adjust short zones to QB’s eyes–likes to read the backfield at all times.
CONS: Is slow to read and react to most blocking schemes and feels the need to keep his jersey clean. Will play behind teammates to stay clean and try to get involved in tackle when he needs to engage with blockers to create congestion. Willingness to be physical and turn the play elsewhere a major concern–thin, tall frame contributes to this inefficacy. Rarely comes downhill unless it’s to shoot a gap; at the second level, constantly tries to bubble over or slice underneath blocks and regularly runs himself out of angles to make a play. Block deconstruction and hand usage as contact arrives is worryingly sparse on film.
By the same token, will get suckered in by space and run out of position. Struggles to remain disciplined against mesh point read options. Upright frame makes it difficult to break down in space and make open-field tackles, though athleticism and length help mask this issues. Will struggle to decelerate in pursuit given stride length. Has a promising blitz profile but aversion to contact limits the upside.
– Benjamin Solak