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Tyler Nubin Scouting Report: ‘Makes his money as a ball thief’

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2019: Played in 12 games as a reserve (six tackles, two PBUs).

2020: Started all seven games (41 tackles, one INT, one forced fumble).

2021: Honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference. Led the team with three INTs. Started all 13 games (52 tackles, one sack, two PBUs). Guaranteed Rate Bowl Defensive MVP (eight tackles, one sack, one PBU).

2022: Second-team All-Big Ten Conference. Led the team with four INTs (55 tackles, two tackles for loss, three PBUs, one forced fumble).

2023: Second-team Associated Press All-American. First-team All-Big Ten Conference. Tied for sixth in the FBS with five INTs. Started 12 games (53 tackles, one sack, four PBUs, one forced fumble). Set school record with 13 career INTs.

His father, Rodney, played RB/CB at Eastern Michigan. His uncle, Steve King, played in the defensive backfield with Ty Law and Charles Woodson at Michigan. His uncle, Joe, played at Mount Senario and EMU. His brother, Jordan, walked onto the Gophers as a DB, then switched to RB.

  • Has the size, length and instincts teams covet on the back end.
  • Plays with predatory mentality from split safety and robber alignment.
  • Shades coverage to route development and the quarterback’s eyes.
  • High-end ball tracker with ball skills to flip the field on the pro level.
  • Athletic and light on his feet in open-field coverage.
  • Operates with good field balance and discipline as a high safety.
  • Uses length and agility to expand his tackle range against cuts.

“Talented safety prospect with the size, length and instincts that teams are looking for to shore up the back end. Nubin has the ability to play as an interchangeable safety but will make his money as a ball thief. He’s rangy over the top in two-high safety looks and plays chess in the middle of the field, using instincts to think along with the quarterback and pounce on throws from an angle.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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