Notre Dame’s Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa is another intriguing prospect in this year’s defensive line class. Tagovailoa-Amosa is a four-year contributor who has steadily improved with each passing season. Originally a 3-star recruit out of Hawaii, Tagovailoa-Amosa has developed into one of the best players on a vaunted Notre Dame defense. Tagovailoa-Amosa played predominantly interior defensive line in his first three years with the Fighting Irish, mostly lining up at 3-technique or 1-technique. In 2021, the school hired a new defensive coordinator so Tagovailoa-Amosa was asked to shed 15 pounds and step outside to rush off the edge. Tagovailoa-Amosa is a versatile defensive lineman who offers good size and very good length. He displays above average power at the point of attack and moves very well for a player his size. In the run game, Tagovailoa-Amosa shows an ability to set the edge with good power and leverage. He uses his length well and is able to lock-out while keeping his body clear to locate the football. He is a good athlete with regard to his short-area burst and lateral pursuit chasing the ball down the line of scrimmage. In the passing game, Tagovailoa-Amosa displays a good first step, strong and active hands, and a relentless motor. He won’t win with quickness or bend the arc with grace, but he has enough athleticism to gain an edge and has good power to knock the tackle back on his heels with a motor to finish. In terms of areas of improvement, I’d like to see Tagovailoa-Amosa be more consistent as a run defender as it pertains to shedding blocks and making plays on the ball-carrier. Additionally, as a rusher, he needs to work on secondary rush moves once his initial rush is stymied. Tagovaila-Amosa’s best position in the NFL will likely be as a rotational 3-technique where he can win with his natural leverage, hands, and power. The further he plays outside, the more his lack of top-tier athleticism is magnified.
Ideal Role: Developmental 3-technique or 5-technique
Scheme Fit: 4-3
Written by Brentley Weissman
Games watched: Purdue (2021), UNC (2021), Cincinnati (2021)
Best Game Studied: Purdue (2021)
Worst Game Studied: Cincinnati (2021)
First Step Explosiveness: Tagovailoa-Amosa displays good first-step quickness and it’s one of the main reasons why he is able to win when playing inside. He fires off the line with good quickness and leverage, keeping his pads low while getting into the offensive lineman’s chest. He can time the snap well and displays good initial pop once he engages.
Flexibility: Tagovailoa-Amosa has above average flexibility for a player his size. He shows a good ability to change direction and work laterally down the line of scrimmage when chasing the run. He shows stiffness in his lower body when he reaches the top of his rush and is forced to corner and flatten.
Hand Counters: Tagovailoa-Amosa’s hands are active and his punch is usually on time with firm contact. He uses his length very well to keep his body clear and he demonstrates a good ability to win with chop and rip moves. I do wish he shed blocks with more urgency, as he will often get caught latched onto blocks for too long.
Hand Power: Tagovailoa-Amosa flashed powerful hands to shock and strike opposing offensive lineman. He generates good push when working up field and his hands continue to allow him to keep his body clear. His quick punch stuns opposing offensive lineman and he is able to then swim over or bull through them.
Run Defending: Tagovailoa-Amosa is an above average run defender who flashes good power at the point of attack, awareness, and lateral mobility. He sets a firm edge when playing outside and is able to utilize his dense frame and long arms to anchor and lock-out. He is instinctive enough to read blocking schemes and locate the ball and shows above average range when chasing laterally. I wish he was better at disengaging blocks, as he will get caught up at the point of attack.
Effort: Tagovailoa-Amosa plays with tremendous effort and motor. He was voted a captain for the Fighting Irish and he is a natural leader within this program. He plays hard every snap and there are plenty of instances where you see him chasing the play down the field 20-plus yards.
Football I.Q: Tagovailoa-Amosa is a very aware player who displays good overall football IQ. He is a good processor who rarely allows himself to be trapped or is out of position. He understands gap integrity and is rarely fooled by screens or draws.
Lateral Mobility: For a man his size, Tagovailoa-Amosa shows above average athleticism. He does a good job working down the line of scrimmage and flashes above average range as a run defender. He offers good short-area burst when finishing at the ball-carrier and gets downhill in a hurry. He does flash some stiffness when forced to change direction, but overall he moves well for a player his size.
Core/Functional Strength: Tagovailoa-Amosa is a strong football player who has natural leverage. He is a dense player with a well-proportioned frame and power throughout. He has a natural anchor, strong and firm hands, and good length to lock-out. He isn’t the type to hold against double teams but he does a good job staying firm against almost any single block.
Versatility: Tagovailoa-Amosa’s played multiple roles over his career with the Fighting Irish. He played 3-tech for most of his career—that’s where he first caught the eye of NFL scouts due to his quickness and power. He then was asked to drop weight and play edge rusher as a senior where he impressed with an ability to win off the edge. His versatility is perhaps his best quality as he has shown an ability to be a productive football player at nearly every position he has played.
TDN Consensus: 68.00/100 (Sixth Round Value)