Tyler Steen NFL Draft Scouting Report
OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
Tyler Steen is a senior offensive lineman for the Alabama Crimson Tide program who transferred to the program to Alabama after starting his career at Vanderbilt from 2018-2021. Steen transferred to Alabama as an experienced SEC starter having already played in more than 30 games at Vanderbilt. Steen transferred into the Alabama program with the expectation to win the starting LT position, a position that traditionally for Alabama came with high expectations. From beginning to end, Steen improved game over game finishing the season as a reliable pass-protecting LT. An offensive tackle prospect, Steen showcases high-level play as a pass protector and run blocker, combined with some technical inconsistencies that need improvements.
Steen’s upside as a prospect starts with his athleticism. In pass protection, Steen has the ability to mix the tempos of his pass set, get out quickly to get depth on pass rushers, and quick-setting pass rushers to win the rep early. At the apex of the pass set, Steen shows to have quick hands to punch and counter-punch to defeat defenders with his hands. Once engaged with defenders, Steen showcases to have good foot quickness and reactionary athleticism to react to defenders’ counter moves laterally and stay engaged. When Steen can stay square and keep a good base he shows to have just enough strength to anchor on defenders and make an effective block.
In the run game, Steen uses his athleticism to be an effective cut-off blocker. When Steen is on the backside of run plays he does a good job of using his athleticism to get out quick and seal off backside defenders from affecting the play. Steen also shows to have enough athleticism to make it to second-level defenders to block them.
Steen’s improvements as a player come from the inconsistencies in his technique. While there are plenty of reps of Steen playing technically sound, there are moments where Steen doesn’t properly utilize his technique, which leads to him losing a rep in both pass protection and the run game. In pass protection, Steen will open his gate too soon and become a chase and run-off protector around the arch. This makes Steen vulnerable to quick counter moves by defenders with him not being in a position to retrace to effectively block them.
In the run game, Steen is overeager to make contact and lunges at defenders, which puts him in an unbalanced position and does not have the base to make a sustainable block on defenders. This technical issue leads to Steen placing poor run blocks which do not match his athletic and physical profile.
Overall, Steen is an offensive line prospect whose best reps appear to be NFL starter-caliber, but his lack of technique makes him a prospect that is susceptible to being beaten by pass rushers who possess high-level athletic traits of size, speed, and power. Steen’s improvement in one year at Alabama gives optimism to the idea that Steen can and will continue to develop on the next level
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Lateral agility
- Range as a blocker
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Core strength
- Physicality in the run game
- Technical Inconsistencies
Size (NFL Combine):
Height: 6′ 6”
Weight: 321 lbs
Arm Length: 32 3/4”
Hand Size: 10 1/2”
Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):
40-yard Dash: TBD
Vertical Jump: 29.5”
Broad Jump: 9′ 1”
Bench Reps: 31 reps
Ideal Role: Starting LT
Scheme Fit: Zone blocking scheme
TDN Consensus Grade: 79.50 /100 ( Third-Round Value)
- Sanchez Grade: 79.50 /100
Written By: Keith Sanchez
Exposures: Texas (2022), Tennessee (2022), Texas A&M, Auburn (2022), LSU (2022)
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