Tank Tyler, DT, North Carolina State Combine Group: 08/Number: 48 Selected:Round 3, Pick 18, Overall Pick 82 by Chiefs
Name:Tank Tyler College:North Carolina StateOn Disk: #72 Height: 6-2 Weight: 306 Position:DTPos2: Class/Draft Year:Sr/2007 40 Time:5.2440 Low: 5.14 40 High: 5.35
Projected Round:2Stock: Rated number 4 out of 147 DT's53 / 2337 TOTAL
Tank Tyler Snapshot
Draft Scout Snapshot: 29 TT, 7 TFL, 1.5 SK, QBH in '05. 16 TT, 7 TFL, SK in '04. 7 TT in '03. Grayshirted winter '03. Nicknamed "Tank".
Consensus All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection in 2006...Team captain and the recipient of the Carl Brebaker Award, given to the team's Most Valuable Defensive Lineman...Started eleven of twelve games at left defensive tackle...Participated in 619 plays, recording a career-high 49 tackles (26 solos) with three sacks for minus 22 yards and 8.5 stops for losses of 35 yards...Had four quarterback pressures and blocked a kick...The defense struggled all season, ranking 97th in the country by allowing 302.0 yards per game after giving up only 298.7 yards the previous season (eighth in the country in 2005). In 47 games at North Carolina State, Tyler started 28 times (17 at left tackle, 11 at right tackle). He finished with 107 tackles (47 solos) with 5.5 sacks for minus-42 yards and 22.5 stops for losses totaling 84 yards. He registered six quarterback pressures, recovered one fumble and blocked a kick. His 22.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage rank 16th on the school's career-record list....Full Tank Tyler Draft Profile
Yeah, I'm going to try to run everything depending on my
hamstring; I have a little hamstring problem now. I'm going to try to work
HOW'D IT FEEL TO BE THE LAST GUY LEFT AFTER THE THREE DLS LEFT LAST YEAR?:
I guess they left me behind to clean up everything.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE WITHOUT THEM:
It was a big difference not playing with him,
they were some great players. But I learned a lot from them and it was a lot
of motivation to see them go in the first round and I guess I had to prove
myself to do well without them.
Yeah, I talk to them a lot. All those guys are great guys and
we keep in touch.
ANY BETS TO SEE WHO GOES HIGHER:
Naw, we don't have any bets; we just want
to see everybody succeed.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT NOSE VS. THREE TECHNIQUE IN A 4-3:
I feel comfortable in both; I can play the three technique or the nose. I like to play the nose
a lot, I like to get at the center, but I feel comfortable in both
situations. A couple teams are looking at me for that nose position and a
couple teams want me heavy and a couple want me light so I can kind of
fluctuate my weight.
DID DRAFTS OF OTHER THREE GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE:
It gives me a lot of confidence because I played with those guys and we had the same goals and
ambitions and dreams. I have the same work ethic as those guys and that made
me pretty confident in myself.
WHO WAS THE BEST PLAYER OF YOU FOUR:
I won't say who's the best player, but we all worked together and worked
hard and were pretty good.
WHO'S LOOKING AT YOU:
A lot of teams are looking at me; I've got positive feedback from most of them.
I've heard rumors that the coaches like me from
the Saints and the Titans. It's up in the air; I guess I'll wait it out
until the draft and see what happens.
THINK YOU'VE GOTTEN A BAD RAP FOR SOME DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS YOU'VE HAD:
I'm a good guy; I was at a place I shouldn't have been at, and a bad thing
turned out of it. But I took a bad thing and made it a positive. I learned
to watch who I hang around with; I learned to keep my nose out of places I'm
not supposed to be.
YOUR TIME AT OFFENSIVE LINE IN SPRING '04:
I came right back to D-line; I'm a defensive tackle. But I played some offensive line in high school, and
coach wanted to try me out on the other side. We tried it and I still felt
like I belonged on the defensive line. They asked me what I wanted and I
said, yeah, I'm a defensive lineman, so I went with that. My heart is in
football period, but I just felt like I was more of a defensive tackle than
an offensive guard.
WHAT FOCUSING ON:
I've been focusing on my quickness, and the last couple of
weeks I've been focusing on dropping a couple of pounds just to show teams I
can get up some or get down, to wherever they want me to be. I've been
focusing on my quickness and strength, but not on the 40 much because of
At CES in Atlanta.
I head a couple coaches down at the Senior Bowl tell me that my
body was real good for a nose tackle.
OL HELP YOU:
While I was over there I used it to my advantage; I kind of
practiced the footwork and felt the strengths and weaknesses of an offensive
guard and carried it back over to the defensive line.
THE NCSU TRIO:
They just wished me all the best, and go out and do my best,
and that's what I'm here to do.
SURPRISED AMATO GOT FIRED:
I mean, it was...(laughs) kind of a hard
question. Coach Amato's a great coach, he's a great guy. He's an assistant
coach at Florida State so he's doing real good.
PLAYING RIGHT AWAY:
Regardless of which round I go in, I plan on playing
right away, either as a starter or backup; I just want to get on the field.
NT: I don't think learning will take that long; I just need to better my
technique in general, because everybody's so good at this level. With a
little coaching, I think I'll be right in the mix. My senior year I played
mostly nose tackle.
THINK ABOUT COMING OUT LAST YEAR:
I thought about it a little bit, but I
figured I could use this year to get more confident and get more ready for
the next level. And I feel like I'm ready now.