NAME: Tyre Brady
CLASS: RS Senior
JERSEY: No. 8
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 201 lbs
Release – Has loose hips and good suddenness to quickly win angles at the line of scrimmage. Is a bit thin up top and does not have much play strength, but is feisty and will use his hands to keep his chest plate clear. Shows developed footwork at the line to win initial leverage and generate immediate separation, even against tight coverage in goal line and short yardage situations. Can get bullied by squatting zone corners and press corners who have freedom to play physically.
Routes – Benefits from suddenness and some good explosiveness. Can prove dangerous in a vertical third given stacking ability and burst, as well as body control and hard deceleration on deep comeback routes. Fluid into breaks but must work better at keeping a hard line out of his breaks and exploding out of his cuts; will get lazy and come out of his breaks soft. Does not show must deception at the top of his route stem, which may have a lot to do with the timing between himself and his quarterback; can get pushed into the boundary off the red line by larger and more physical corners.
Hands – Fantastic hand strength. Regularly makes away-from-body snags that require great flexibility and body control. Can maintain grip on the football through contact and make fingertip catches when necessary. Has some outstanding catches through contact up against the sideline, modeling plus concentration and great tracking ability. Flashes late hands against tight coverage so as to not tip off the corner.
YAC Ability – Illustrates the necessary physical traits to offer YAC upside through elusiveness and long speed. Especially interests in run after catch potential in a vertical third, with runaway speed available in his arsenal. Vision as a runner is currently a question mark, and sometimes gets lazy with ball security when he’s looking to evade tacklers. Toughness approaching contact is lacking.
Separation Ability – Regularly creates separation with quickness and good deceit at the line of scrimmage. Has the explosiveness to win on quick-breaking routes and is effective in RPO games and out of the slot accordingly. Could reduce his step frequency on tight breaks to be a little more snappy, especially on deep comebacks and curls. Could be more energetic separating against zone coverage, but again, offense’s simplicity and constraints could contribute to that.
Contested Catch Ability – Has excellent contested catch ability, especially downfield and against the sideline. Regularly turns shoulders and extends hands at the last possible second and has the strength to snatch the ball from the air and curl it back into his frame. Good length to attack the ball at the highest point, though leaping ability is currently a question mark — prefers to fall away from coverage as opposed to jumping into contact. A few more drops/PBUs when taking a hit across middle of field as compared to up against the sideline.
Functional Athleticism – A little light in the frame, especially up top — is not likely over the 200 pounds he’s currently listed. Lack of mass show sup when dealing with contact from defenders in the contact window and when attempting to break tackles; could benefit from an added 10 pounds. Has some decent length. Quickness, explosiveness, and long speed are all NFL-caliber and fit the profile of a slot or Z receiver.
Blocking – Is not an active blocker and does not have the physical profile to succeed as a blocker. Tries to keep everything at length and does not activate any full-body power. Would not like to initiate contact and rather screens things off from the side. Will get physical super far downfield, especially if he’s the last block between the ball-carrier and paydirt.
Versatility – While he should be kept away from the press and thereby not align often in the X position, offers NFL ability at both slot and Z receiver. Is particularly effective in the vertical stem and, given experience on timing routes, projects well into a Coryell style system. Could offer some special teams ability as a returner if vision checks out with the ball in his hands.
BEST TRAIT – Hands
WORST TRAIT – Blocking
RED FLAGS – 3 game suspension at University of Miami in 2015; transferred to Marshall thereafter
PRO COMPARISON – Josh Reynolds
VALUATION – Round 4
Though his numbers plateaued after his junior year quarterback Chase Litton left for the NFL, Tyre Brady played when enough in his senior season to rightfully earn a Senior Bowl invite. Brady wins with quickness and fluidity, and with his hand strength and body control on the sideline, offers some traits of an NFL role player, especially for offenses that really heavily on slot play. That said, his lack of physicality and narrow frame limit his special teams upside and leave him susceptible to press corners, which will likely relegate him to slot/depth play. Brady projects as a WR3/4 who has WR2 upside if he gets a bit bigger and stronger.
Ball Skills – His ball skills lack in a lot of areas. He shows the ability to pluck the ball out of the air on screens or short passes. However, as he gets down the field, his ball skills can begin to break down. In the intermediate and deep portions of the field, he relies more on his body to make receptions. With passive hand placement, even in contested spots, he lacks proper extension to the catchpoint. Has unusually strong hands, holding on to the football through contact. Though generally catching against his body, he tracks the football well and holds on due to his grip strength.
Speed/Burst – Outstanding foot quickness in short-areas. His ability to transition from foot fire to bursting vertically is the main key to his route running. Necessary long speed and I won’t be surprised when he runs well in his athletic testing. Fast in a straight line, but even better laterally. Developed lateral chain, with smooth running despite bending or torquing his upper body.
Route-Running – The success of his route tree was mostly limited to the vertical plane. Ran a ton of go routes, curls and hitches. Inside breaking routes were mostly slants and sits, with rare digs or double moves that didn’t end up breaking vertically. Highly effective vertical route runner. Lateral agility allows him to beat defensive backs who attempt to contact him, or bend by second-level defenders and maintain his speed. He can get in trouble on curl routes, as he takes multiple, sometimes elongated steps in order to breakdown his route. Rarely attacks the ball downhill that can result in contested throws. While his steps are quick, he can take too many in order to transition his breaks, making them average at best. Doesn’t work hard to get open when the play is extended or when running routes on the backside of the play. Lacks consistent stacking on vertical routes that can allow defensive backs to recover. When he clears the defensive back’s hips, leans in to stack and erases their path, he’s able to dominate the vertical game. When he isn’t able to stack defensive backs, its usually due to a lack of shedding the jam of defensive backs and inability to effectively hold his stem line. His foot fire and burst can get him open on slant routes, separating when defensive back remain on their heels and unable to transition at the pace of Brady’s break. Comfortable in close quarters.
Contested Catch – Brady’s ability in contested spots will be an interesting case study. While he was successful in these situations in college, his traits suggest a dip in production at the next level. He rarely attacks the path of the football, extends through contact or uses his frame in order to create a clear catchpoint. Rather, he uses his plus body control in order to remain in-bounds along the boundary and relies on the strength of his hands to hold on through contact. Consistently aware of the sideline or pylon.
Ball Carrier – There isn’t a ton of juice in his legs as a power runner. Transitions from pass receiver to ball carrier in an instant, but fails to get vertical right away. Looking to get horizontal and use his quickness, but when he’s not in space this takes potential yards away. Slippery runner, who can slip by defenders with his lateral movements.
Releases – Does an excellent job with his footwork to beat press coverage. Quick foot fire and lateral agility are his major weapons. Shiftiness in his hips allows him to get to the side of defensive backs before he bursts vertically. Can occasionally lack hand usage to discard the jam of a defensive back at the line of scrimmage to slow his stem.
Blocking – One of Brady’s major weaknesses as a prospect is his effectiveness as a stalk blocker. There is essentially no pace to his get-off when tasked with blocking the defensive back. Refuses to collapse the space and climb into the defensive back and leaving space for defender to break downhill. There’s a lack of contact or physicality, and he will allow defensive backs to fold inside and make plays on the ball carrier. When he does contact the defender, he will have high hips and look into the ball carrier rather than focus on driving the defensive back off his spot. Rarely involved mentally in this aspect to his game.
Athleticism/Size – Brady has nice size to go along with his quick feet. He should perform well in his athletic testing due to the combination of speed and shiftiness. Athleticism translate to the field, as he is able to separate in his vertical route running. Fluid, smooth mover.
BEST TRAIT – Quick Feet / Body Control
WORST TRAIT – Stalk Blocking
RED FLAGS – 3 game suspension at University of Miami in 2015
Brady had the ball pumped to him this season, but suffered through a lower catch rate due to some inaccuracies at quarterback. His athleticism and ability as a downfield receiver got him noticed enough to be invited to the Senior Bowl. He should thrive in 1 on 1 drills, especially when pressed. With experience playing all across the formation, he projects as a complimentary receiver with potential at the next level.