Tyler Sash
6’0, 211 pounds | Strong safety | Iowa

Strengths: Sash is one of the more instinctive defensive backs in this year’s class and always manages to put himself in good position to make plays. At Iowa, Sash played in a lot of cover-2 zone, so he’ll go to the NFL knowing how to properly manage an area. Is more athletic than most probably think. Has some quick-twitch movement to his game which allows him to break on the ball and make a play. Has shown throughout his career that he has solid hands. Really flies down the line against the run. Takes good angles to the ball and is strong enough to shed blockers.

Weaknesses: Isn’t the kind of safety that should be matched up one-on-one with a wide receiver. Has the tendency to keep his eyes in the backfield too long and is fooled on pump fakes and play action. When he’s matched up against tight ends, Sash likes to get physical. While that may work at the college level, he could get overpowered in the pros. Will play recklessly at times and run past the play. Likes to be a thumper when he really needs to become a more fundamental tackler.

Final word: Sash was one of the surprise early entrants to the 2011 NFL Draft. He showed at Iowa, though, that he’s ready for the NFL. He has experience in zone coverage and is decent in man. With 13 career interceptions, he has shown he can make a play on the ball.

While he may never be a top-tier safety in the pros, he’s good. Sash has consistently made plays and really likes to be around the action.