Tyler Lacy NFL Draft Scouting Report
DL, Oklahoma State Cowboys
Tyler Lacy has been a fixture for the Oklahoma State defensive line since his redshirt freshman season in 2019 and started for four seasons.
Lacy is a powerful defensive lineman with excellent play-recognition skills. He has a natural ability to read blocks and react. Lacy has firm hands that he uses to control reps with the ability to lock out, find the football, and finish. There is so much to love about the urgency Lacy plays the game with and his motor is always fully cranked. Despite playing with inconsistent leverage, Lacy showcases good power at the point of attack and is generally stout with anchoring against the run. He is often tasked with two-gapping and Lacy holds his own. Oklahoma State plays Lacy inside and outside and on both the left and right sides. Lacy’s hands stay busy as he looks to fit them and put himself in a favorable position to disengage and deconstruct blocks.
While there is a lot to like about how stout Tyler Lacy is, he must do a better job of playing with leverage. He has a bad tendency of popping up at the snap, which robs him of power and burst. Lacy lacks flexibility throughout his frame and it presents challenges when cornering blocks and winning around the near hip of offensive tackles. Oklahoma State has taken advantage of his versatility in college but he may not offer the same appeal in the NFL. Does he have the length and flexibility to win consistently on the EDGE in the NFL? Is he explosive enough to make an impact shooting interior gaps? There is so much to like about how he plays but it’s fair to question what type of ceiling he actually offers at the next level.
Lacy has the makeup of a rotational defensive lineman in the NFL, particularly in a gap-control scheme.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Active hands and extension skills
- Block recognition and versatility
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Modest burst
- Tweener traits
Size (NFL Combine):
Height: 6′ 4”
Weight: 279 lbs
Arm Length: 33 1/4”
Hand Size: 10 7/8”
Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):
40-yard Dash: 5.11s
Vertical Jump: 28.5”
Broad Jump: 9′ 8”
Bench Reps: 30 reps
Ideal Role: Rotational defensive lineman
Scheme Fit: Gap control
Prospect Comparison: Alex Carrington (2010 NFL Draft)
TDN Consensus Grade: 71.00/100 (Fifth-Round Value)
- Marino Grade: 71.00/100
Written By: Joe Marino
Exposures: Oklahoma (2021), Baylor (2021), Tulsa (2021), Baylor (2022), Texas (2022), TCU (2022)
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