2024 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Tyler Nubin




  • Tyler Nubin, 6-1/199
  • Safety
  • Minnesota

Tyler Nubin Scouting Report

By Charlie Campbell

Strengths:

  • Versatility for free or strong safety
  • Physical
  • Instinctive
  • Good ball skills
  • Dangerous on 50-50 passes
  • Good hands
  • Hard-hitter
  • Flashes run support
  • Capable as eighth man in the box
  • Ability in zone coverage
  • Can function in pass coverage in the deep part of the field
  • Reads a quarterback’s eyes
  • Covers a lot of ground in the middle of the field
  • Athletic
  • Good size
  • Can play zone or man schemes
  • Capable of covering tight ends and running backs
  • Should be able to play quickly

Weaknesses:

  • Missed tackles
  • Will take some bad angles
  • Man-coverage limitations

Prospect Summary:

Under Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck, the Gophers have produced a number of good NFL defensive back prospects, and Nubin will continue that trend in the 2024 NFL Draft. Nubin was a steady producer over the past three seasons. In 2021, he notched 49 tackles, three interceptions and two passes broken up. As a junior, he recorded 55 tackles, four interceptions and three passes defended. Nubin then totaled five interceptions, four passes broken up and 53 tackles as a senior.

Over his time with Minnesota, Nubin was a contributor as run defender and provided a big presence. He shows closing speed and comes downhill quickly to make tackles in run support. Nubin is able to get off blocks and has some good instincts to be around the ball. With his toughness and size, Nubin can function as the eighth man in the box. However, he does have a problem with missed tackles and taking some bad angles. Those are aspects that he needs to improve for the pros. Still, Nubin is a confident and instinctive defender who has a big presence for his defense.

In pass coverage, Nubin shows talent. He covers a lot of ground with the ability to play deep free safety or be a zone strong safety in the intermediate portion. Nubin reads plays and has the instincts to disrupt passing lanes. With his speed and athleticism, Nubin could have the ability to play man coverage on tight ends, but he is not a safety who should play man coverage on NFL wide receivers. Nubin shows the range, instincts, and ball skills to be a starting safety at the next level. He does a nice job of picking off passes by undercutting routes and playing the ball well in 50-50 situations. Nubin’s ball skills are impressive and better than average.

For the NFL, Nubin could fit in a defense that alternates their free and strong safety pre-snap. That makes it a lot harder for quarterbacks to diagnosis where coverage will be. Nubin has the speed and athleticism to cover in the deep part of the field and the strength to function as a strong safety. He also could serve as a strong safety 100 percent of the time.

For the 2024 NFL Draft, some teams have projected Nubin to be a second-day pick with the potential to become a pro starter.

Prospect Comparison:

Jaquan Brisker. Nubin compares well with Brisker in terms of style of play and skill set. Brisker (6-1, 200) and Nubin are the same size and possess similar strengths and limitations. Brisker was a second-day pick in 2022, and Nubin could go on Day 2 in the 2024 NFL Draft.





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