Tyler Allgeier NFL Draft Overview
Position: Running back
Weight: 220 pounds
Tyler Allgeier 2022 NFL Draft Profile
After four years at BYU, running back Tyler Allgeier has decided to skip his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2022 NFL Draft. Allgeier is coming off of his best season to date, recording 1,601 yards and 23 touchdowns on 276 carries (5.8 YPC) to go along with 28 receptions for 199 yards.
Allgeier originally entered the collegiate ranks as a zero-star recruit out of California. Weighing in at just 183 pounds, Allgeier was clearly undersized for the position and redshirted through the 2018 campaign. He earned a bigger role in 2019, but still finished the season with just 17 carries for 119 yards.
Allgeier first made a name for himself in the 2020 season. Appearing in 11 games, the running back finished the season with 1,130 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on just 150 carries (7.5 YPC) to go along with 174 receiving yards on 14 receptions.
- Old school style of runner that loves to run over would-be tacklers;
- Above-average vision allows him to see blocks before they happen;
- One-cut runner that can break and force missed tackles;
- Might just be the best pass blocking running back in the class;
- Falls forward when hit and picks up every yard possible.
- Does not project as a pass-catching threat at the next level;
- Takes a while to build up a head of steam;
- Doesn’t break too many tackles in the backfield;
- Lacks the required speed for outside runs;
- Not a home run threat – cornerbacks and safeties can catch him in the open field.
NFL Comparison: Eddie Lacy without weight issues
Projection: 4th Round
Bottom Line on Tyler Allgeier
Tyler Allgeier is a solid running back that would’ve been drafted much earlier if he had entered the league in the 1990’s. A physical runner, Allgeier excels at plowing through the middle of the field, reading his blocks, and picking up hard-earned yards after contact. He plays bigger than his size and is hard to take down once he’s built up to full speed. While he’s not the most natural pass catcher, his elite pass blocking gives him a path to appear on the field for all three downs.
While Allgeier is undeniably fun to watch, it’s also clear to see that he probably won’t ever develop into a true three-down back and is probably best as a member of a committee. His average speed and below-average acceleration show up whenever he tries to bring the ball outside, and he’s simply not fast enough to beat linebackers to the edge. Additionally, most of his tackle-breaking abilities come from his combination of strength and speed, but he takes a while to reach his top speed. If hit in the backfield, he probably won’t have the momentum required to break an NFL-caliber tackle. And while he’s definitely capable of putting together some 20-yard runs with ideal blocking, he lacks the elite speed to outrun defensive backs for long touchdowns.
Ultimately, Allgeier should be an ideal part of a running back by committee. As a rokie, he already has the vision and pass-blocking skills to contribute from Day 1. However, his slow acceleration and lack of elite speed will probably keep him from ever earning a three-down role.