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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Tommy Doyle

  • The Draft Network
  • January 29, 2021
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Tommy Doyle is a three-year starter at offensive tackle for the RedHawks offensive front. With experience at both right and left tackle, he’s been able to prove that he’s capable of playing on either side. An extremely strong player at the point of attack, he uses his strength to overwhelm matchups at the point of attack. Also possessing adequate grip strength, he’s capable of creating gaping lanes as a run blocker. Having average athleticism overall, he must continue to develop as a pass protector. Entering the NFL, he’s a project that some teams may want to get their hands on in order to further develop his game overall.

Ideal Role: Developmental tackle.

Scheme Fit: Man/Gap/Power blocking scheme.


Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Buffalo (2020), Ball State (2020), Akron (2020)

Best Game Studied: Akron (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Buffalo (2020)

Balance: Doyle is a blocker that stays on his toes quite a bit as he puts a lot of effort into forward-leaning into blocks. Because of his superb strength levels, he attempts to overpower rushers at the point of attack, which leads to some malfunctions with his base. Putting so much “umph” into it results in him tipping over and failing to have a base to recover on.

Pass Sets: He has a short-area move that attempts to cut the edge off quick with a wide base. A quick latcher after attempting to quickly eliminate the edge, he has the length necessary in order for that to be an effective tactic for him. Where Doyle can get himself into a bit of trouble is when facing active rushers who have effective counter moves back inside. The techniques back across his face have presented severe conflicts.

Competitive Toughness: An ultra competitor at the point of attack, he embraces the challenge of the player(s) that he’s matched up against. Seen both as a pass protector and run blocker, he displays plenty of enthusiasm when blocking on an island. Clubs, quick swipes, and hand maneuvers are all evident in his game when attempting to get rid of pass rushers. 

Lateral Mobility: An average lateral mover, he has the short-area quickness to prevent any leakage on the backside of runs, but moving side-to-side swiftly isn’t his forte. He's a vertical power blocker that wants to run his feet and generate movement in desired directions. 

Length: An above-average frame for a player at the position, he has adequate length. A bit of a high torso, he has a leggy body structure that includes a high waist. Still with more room to grow, Doyle has the body capacity to add even more good weight because of how his body is constructed overall. 

Football IQ: Doyle shows to have plenty of football intelligence as he’s an aware blocker that remains alert for many different defensive structures. Identifying blitzes, fronts, and communicating that to his counterparts are all traits that are seen throughout his career. An aware and savvy blocker, he’s displayed that he has an understanding of some of the nuances of the position. 

Hand Technique: He's a bit of a Herculean-type of blocker as he wants to throw a lot of his body weight into blocks, but he has inconsistent hands overall. Often sliding off of or unable to readjust to counter moves, his lack of resetting his base results in an avalanche of negative effects soon afterward. Being that he’s a taller blocker, the polish with his hands can sometimes go on vacation.

Anchor Ability: Doyle has a sturdy lower half, but he could understand how to utilize more than he does. When being driven back, he doesn’t display the knowledge of knowing how to correctly anchor his feet into the ground in order to slow down rush attempts. 

Power at the P.O.A.: A strong blocker when engaged at the point of attack, he’s able to generate movement in desired directions when able to land accurately in certain locations. Doyle can be an aggressor at the point of attack, but his hands can be a little too energetic and he sacrifices his accuracy with landing in certain locations. With a mature base and plenty of pop in his hands, he has the strength levels to uproot and remove defenders out of spots. 

Versatility: Has only played offensive tackle throughout his career and considering his weight, he may find it hard to play inside because of his constant swelling pad level.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Jordan Reid: 70/100

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