Tyjae Spears 2023 NFL Draft Running Back
This 2023 NFL Draft scouting report on Tyjae Spears is from Justin Caballero of Digging in the Trenches. Make sure to check the links and tags below this draft profile for more prospects!
2023 NFL Draft: Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
Caballero loves the elite speed that Tyjae Spears brings to the running back position. This RB prospect seemed to get better every season while at Tulane. Will bring big play potential to the team that selects him in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Spears can score from anywhere on the field using his speed. Runs laterally really fast as well creating space to run upfield in an instant. Great agility as he stops and goes on a dime seemingly without losing a step. “Tyjae can juke defenders out of their socks,” said Caballero. Not only is he fast and agile but can but is tough as well. A good combination of speed and vision makes him stand out while watching the film according to Caballero. Seems to have eyes in the back of his head as well when he senses oncoming tacklers coming at all angles.
Excellent in many phases of the game. Spears of course can take handoffs to the house but has really developed into a receiving threat as well at Tulane. Caballero said, “Hand it to Tyjae, direct snap it to him, or throw it to him but make sure to get him the ball.” A capable blocker when called upon in pass protection but more of a chip blocker. Really exciting to watch and his one of the most complete backs in this year’s draft class.
Tyjae Spears should also be an asset in the return game in the NFL if a team puts him with those special team duties.
By the Numbers
The Prospect Sheet
Tyjae Spears attended Ponchatoula High School in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Not as highly recruited coming out of high school as some prospects in this year’s NFL Draft. But, he did have offers from Southern Mississippi, Texas State, and Tulane. He chose to stay in his home state to play with The Green Wave of Tulane.
NFL Scouting combine participant.
Draft projection: 3rd to 4th round
Overall, Caballero says that Spears is one of the most exciting players to watch in this draft. He feels that Spears can be a big playmaker in the NFL.
Strengths: Tyjae Spears
- Speed and quickness
- Balanced runner
- Receiving threat
Areas for Improvement/Concern
- Stronger at outside runs. Needs more muscle to be good at running in gaps in between the tackles.
- Decent blocker but more of a chip blocker
Caballero’s unedited notes while scouting
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