Scouting Report: Wayne Lyons, S – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Scouting Report: Wayne Lyons, S – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

December 15, 2010
Fort Lauderdale, FL safety Wayne Lyons

Height: 6’0″
Weight: 190 lbs.
Class: 2011
Position: Safety
School: Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL
40-yard dash: 4.55 seconds
Vertical: 31″

Notes: Holds more than 50 offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford, and USC . . . Had 95 tackles and 2 sacks as a sophomore in 2008 . . . Had 87 tackles and 2 interceptions as a junior in 2009 . . . Holds a 4.8 GPA . . . 4-star recruit, #9 safety, #160 overall player, and #29 prospect in Florida according to Rivals . . . 4-star recruit, #6 safety according to Scout . . . 4-star recruit, 81 rating, #68 overall player, #7 safety according to ESPN . . . Missed large part of senior season due to MCL sprain

Strengths: Hard hitter . . . Instinctual playmaker . . . Rips at ball frequently when ballcarrier is stopped . . . Does a good job of avoiding overpursuit . . . Plays at a high speed with an aggressive nature . . . Very good feet and hips allow him to change direction in coverage and pursuit . . . Extends arms well to prevent blockers from getting into his body

Weaknesses: Good speed, but not great . . . Needs to bulk up physically . . . Attacks with bad intentions, but doesn’t always hit with as much authority as he wants . . . Aggression sometimes gets body out of position to make tackles . . . Needs to break down sooner when tackling . . . Must be smart about choosing when to strip ball and when to make tackle

Projection: Lyons is a very smart kid who seems to understand how the offense is trying to attack the defense.  He’s also a very good athlete whose hips and coordination outstrip his pure, straight-line speed.  Lyons could play free safety in a pinch, but his speed wouldn’t be ideal at that position; adding 15 to 20 lbs. would make him a prototypical strong safety to help in the run game.  He could be a 3-year starter in a BCS-level program.


  1. Comments: 21388
    Dec 16, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    Okay, but why should I care?

    I'm sure this is good insight into this player's abilities (no sarcasm intended). Howeva…If I'm going to read this post, I would like to at least have some sort of indication about his the strength of Wayne Lyons' interest in Michigan.

    • Comments: 21388
      Mar 27, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      There you go Andrew, now you know why Thunder profiled Lyons, we signed him.


    • Comments: 21388
      Mar 27, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      LOL. Four-plus years later, I have my revenge!

  2. Comments: 21388
    Dec 16, 2010 at 2:12 AM

    @ Andrew 9:09 p.m.

    Michigan is in Lyons' top six teams. He's pretty quiet on his recruitment, so it's difficult to say EXACTLY how high he is. In the football offseason, I'll profile various players who are being recruited by Michigan. Not all of them will choose Michigan, but most are at least giving Michigan a fair look.

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