New York Giants Draft Prospect: SAF Tyler Nubin

The Giants could use some more depth at safety. What would Tyler Nubin offer in that regard?
Tyler Nubin
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Tyler Nubin, Safety

Height: 6’ 1 ¼”
Weight: 199 lbs.
Class: Fifth-year Senior
School: Minnesota

In the 2019 recruiting class, Tyler Nubin was the 38th-composite-ranked cornerback in the country, 379th-overall player, and 4th-highest ranked in Illinois. Minnesota was one of Nubin’s few Power 5 offers before he made his commitment.


  • Has great size and length for the position
  • Wants the ball and is going to attack it - 26 INTS + PBUs in college
  • Eyes in coverage are elite when tracking where both the ball and his assignment are
  • Has the range to play as a deep safety at the next level
  • Does a good job of using his length to get his hands inside the receiver's hands at the catch-point
  • Quick trigger defender against the run, fires down to make a play
  • Has some pop in his pads both as a tackler and when taking on blocks
  • Route recognition is evident with positioning
  • The tackling technique could use some work but is above average for a college safety
  • Has experience working single-high, two-high, box safety, and nickel

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  • His athleticism is a question mark—he wasn’t healthy for the Combine, and his Pro Day workout wasn’t good, but postseason knee surgery likely contributed to that. He plays better than he tested.
  • Run angles are inconsistent, sometimes just going to make the play instead of worrying about where his help is
  • Doesn’t have great recovery speed if he gets beat
  • Man coverage isn’t a strength of his - reactionary athleticism isn’t strong enough when he can’t use his eyes to read the field
  • Give up the sideline too often in pursuit of ball-carriers, needs to keep carriers inside
  • Offers little-to-no upside as a blitzer, very limited opportunities in college, and even less success


Nubin is one of those safeties where even though he doesn’t have elite athleticism, his instincts will help him overcome that. Schematically, Nubin is an ideal fit for Shane Bowen’s new defensive scheme that utilizes both single-high and two-high safety looks frequently and will drop safeties into underneath coverage.

GRADE: 6.7

(Cover photo by David Berding/GettyImages)

Brandon Olsen


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