Originally a linebacker, Tyler Allgeier has not just made the transition to running back, he's turned himself into one of the most intriguing prospects at the position in the 2022 NFL Draft. Even though he's still relatively new to the position, the tools are obvious and the production was abundant his last two seasons at BYU. Allgeier may not be ready to hit the ground running, but in the right situation, he could develop into a reliable contributor, if not more.
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Tyler Allgeier Draft Profile
A big-bodied runner with excellent contact balance, Allgeier is a converted linebacker who emerged as a prototypical one-cut back and had a massively productive season for BYU in 2021. He’s a handful on outside-zone runs, capable of running through smaller defenders with the buildup speed to break off the long gain. After playing both sides of the ball as a redshirt freshman in 2019, he came on fast after moving to the offensive side full time. Last year, he showed sharpened instincts and vision as a runner, and he might just be scratching the surface. He has the size to withstand a heavy workload. He’s a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield, smoothly transitioning to a ball carrier after the catch but also proving capable of working his way into soft spots and making himself available when his quarterback is in trouble. He’ll stand in and anchor as a pass protector as well.
His speed is impressive, but Allgeier can be a little slow to get going. He’ll need an offense that provides him something of a runway in order to maximize his power and speed. He needs the ball in his hands immediately and an offensive line that will keep defenders from getting hands on him in the backfield. He tends to get too upright as a runner, especially after first contact, giving defenders a big target to hit. He’s not a particularly creative runner when it comes to identifying cutback lanes and isn’t an ideal fit in a power scheme.
The Shanahan offense is in vogue across the NFL, and Allgeier fits the mold as a wide-zone runner with three-down value. He has some scheme limitations, but there is untapped upside, and the potential is there for him to become a productive workhorse back.
Final Grade: 3rd Round