2023 Season Countdown: #78 Tyler McLaurin

2023 Season Countdown: #78 Tyler McLaurin

July 12, 2023
Tyler McLaurin (image via Twitter)

Name: Tyler McLaurin
231 lbs.
High school: 
Bolingbrook (IL) Bolingbrook
Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: 
Last year: 
I ranked McLaurin #60 and said he would be a backup linebacker and special teamer (LINK). He played in four games.
TTB Rating:

Much like Ike Iwunnah (LINK), it’s starting to get a bit late for Tyler McLaurin to look like a contributor. He started off as a linebacker in 2021, but last year he got thrown in with the “edge” players, presumably the Jaylen Harrell outside linebacker spot. Listed at 237 lbs. last season, I thought he would continue to bulk up. He played in four games in 2022, mostly on special teams.

Now McLaurin is still listed at “edge” in 2023, but he’s down to 231 pounds, which is probably not a feasible weight for a 6’3″ edge defender in the Big Ten unless you have some excellent quickness/athleticism, which is not necessarily McLaurin’s forte based on his high school scouting. I expect McLaurin to be a special teams player, but I don’t foresee him playing much defense in 2023.

Prediction: Backup outside linebacker and special teamer

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