Jaylen Twyman: What You Need To Know After Opt Out

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Pitt Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman has opted out of the 2020 college football season and declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. He joins Miami Hurricanes EDGE Greg Rousseau, Penn State Linebacker Micah ParsonsVirginia Tech CB Caleb Farley, Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman, and Purdue WR Rondale Moore as the sixth big-name player to opt out of the upcoming season.

Twyman played 13 games last season for the Panthers, racking up 41 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks. In 2018, Twyman had 16 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks over eight games. He recently came in at No. 16 on the TDN Top 100 big board.

Here are some excerpts from his scouting report. You can read the full report here.

PROS: Emerged as a redshirt sophomore in 2019, showcasing a dynamic pass-rushing skill set. Showcases excellent vision to read the set of blockers and knows how to attack the pocket. Terrific quickness off the ball and he fires into the neutral zone with low pads and busy hands. Go-to pass rush moves are a push-pull and swim move. Illustrates good flexibility and the ability to reduce and get skinny through gaps.

CONS: Pad level has a tendency to increase as the snap elongates which can expose his chest to blockers. Has room to grow in terms of processing the run and understanding how blocks are trying to attack him.

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