2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: IDL Khyiris Tonga

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Khyiris Tonga aligned as an interior defensive lineman for the BYU defense—they will align sometimes in an odd front, where Tonga will align as the 0-tech. He excels as a run defender. When he plays with good pad level, he is extremely difficult to single block. He needs to become more consistent at disengaging quickly, but he does show the ability to get to the football. He is a player that would be described as “stronger than he is explosive” based on his movement skills. He uses a good bull rush to get home and uses his length to knock down passes when he cannot. 

Ideal Role: Backup IDL.

Scheme Fit: 4-3 NT/DT.

Written by Drae Harris

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Drae Harris

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Seven year scouting veteran in the NFL. Ex-Cal Golden Bear and San Francisco 49er.

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