Teams looking to beef up their defensive line will have plenty of options at tackle to choose from in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Jaylen Twyman. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking chance on the latest intriguing defensive lineman to come from Pitt.
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Jaylen Twyman Draft Profile
The modern NFL is all about getting upfield and disrupting the pocket, and Twyman has the ability to do that. He’s undersized but plays with natural leverage and has the functional strength and quickness to get into the backfield consistently. He has a quick get-off and strong hands, and he leans on a push-pull move that overwhelmed blockers at the college level. He locates the ball and has no trouble finishing plays.
Twyman will be limited to even fronts, and his lack of length will likely relegate him to the inside. He is unable to drop anchor and occupy blocks, having to get upfield against the run; he will too often run himself out of the play. He needs to add more moves to his repertoire and become more adept at disengaging when he doesn’t win early in the down.
There’s some poor man’s Aaron Donald in his game — which won’t be lost on anyone considering the alma mater. Twyman, an opt-out last season, should at least make an impact on passing downs as a penetrating 3-technique, with a chance to become a Pro Bowl-caliber, three-down player.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round