Tyjae Spears

  • RB Tulane
  • Junior
  • #470
  • 5'10"
  • 190lbs
  • Prospect
  • American Athletic

2022 Season









Prospect Summary

Tyjae Spears NFL Draft Scouting Report

RB, Tulane Green Wave

Tyjae Spears bounced back from a torn ACL early in 2020 to lead Tulane in rushing yards the next two seasons while averaging more than six yards per carry. 

Spears is an explosive runner with easy acceleration and the breakaway speed needed to gain significant chunks of yardage. Tulane features a blended run scheme that utilizes a balanced approach to zone and gap runs and Spears is comfortable functioning in either concept. While he isn’t a big bruising back, I am impressed with how competitive Spears is through contact and how he battles to maximize every touch. He does well to set up tacklers and string together moves to make it difficult for opponents to square up on him. Spears has exciting twitch, flexibility, and elusiveness that enable him to be shifty and dynamic with the football in his hands. He is a decisive runner that hits the hole with conviction both between the tackles and when working off-tackle. Spears has good vision, ball security, and contact balance. 

When it comes to concerns, Spears’ narrow build limits his appeal as a workhorse back and is likely more of a complementary piece at the next level. For that type of player, I wish Tulane got him more involved as a pass-catching threat—his production has only been modest and he hasn’t proven to be a consistent answer in pass protection. In addition, Spears hasn’t been given opportunities to contribute in the return game, which would give him even more appeal for the type of role he’d ideally fill in the NFL. 

While Spears may not profile as a featured back, his big-play ability and dynamic skill set with the ball in his hands give him the makings of an appealing complementary back in the NFL that can help diversify an offense. 

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Speed, quickness, and agility
  • Competitive running style and instincts
  • Vision, ball security, and balance 

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Lean and narrow build
  • Ideally, he would have more experience and consistency on passing downs
  • Can he add additional value on special teams? 

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Weight: 195 lbs

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Ideal Role: Complementary back 

Scheme Fit: Any—experienced runner in zone and gap concepts 

Prospect Comparison: Trung Canidate (2000 NFL Draft) 

TDN Consensus Grade: 72.50/100 (Fourth-Round Value)

  • Marino Grade: 72.50/100
  1. Exposures: UCF (2022), Tulsa (2022), SMU (2022)

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