S – #1 Toledo
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: St. John’s Jesuit
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8019)
Phil Steele: PS#474
Tycen Anderson Scouting Report
Good quick feet and acceleration. Speed is about average for the NFL level, if not a little subpar. Decent upper body strength. Doesn’t wrap up well but brings a powerful hit. Doesn’t control the tackle when wrapping up. Doesn’t change direction very well. Strong tackling ability when he can get into a position to make a play. Doesn’t wrap up at times. Tries to attack the ball carrier with his shoulder oftentimes. Struggles to control the tackle and prevent further gain.
Regardless, Anderson is a capable, not great, tackler at every level of the field. Passive to assist when around another defender attempting a tackle. Pursuit angles are oftentimes just a little bit off. Struggles to consistently work off a block at all levels of the field.
Tends to be a little bit slow to react. Makes up for it with his pursuit angle. Maybe a little bit too aggressive in man coverage. Very instinctive player. Anderson had free reign to move where he felt he was needed in the Toledo scheme. Recognized plays very well.
What we want to see from Tycen Anderson in Mobile
- We really want to see Tycen Anderson play more assertive in Mobile. At times, he was very hesitent to step in and assist with a tackle. We know, it’s an all-star event. However, let’s see the willingness to get involved on any given play.
- Anderson hasn’t put a lot of man coverage reps on tape on account of the Toledo scheme being a heavy zone-based defense. He will have ample opportunities to go man-to-man in 1v1’s against some real ballers, and give us an excellent idea of what he is capable of.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Tycen Anderson is an intriguing projection to the next level because he possesses the rare ability to play effectively at any level or point on the field. While he’s not quite prepared to perform as a starter, Anderson has the upside to be a starter in the next two to three years at free safety. That projection alone will help Anderson’s draft value. In the meantime, Anderson could potentially play some special teams.
We like Anderson as a fourth/fifth-round projection. A good weekend in Mobile could potentially bolster his stock comfortably to the front end of day three.