Minnesota’s Tyler Nubin Settles for All-America 2nd Teams

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Tyler Nubin, the standout Minnesota Gophers do-it-all safety, who holds the record for most career interceptions at Minnesota (13), was named to the AP All-America 2nd Team on Monday.

The honor came on the same day Nubin was named to the Football Writers’ Association of America 2nd Team and just a few days after he got the same treatment from the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Tyler Nubin Named AP All-American – 2nd Team

Nubin began the 2023 season on everyone’s draft board but still found a way to exceed expectations and climb up into first round consideration. Many thought Tyler would find his way onto at least one of the 1st Team All-America lists too, but he falls just short.

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This year, the St. Charles, IL native grabbed five interceptions. The final INT of Nubin’s career happened in the final regular season game of 2023, vs Wisconsin. Heading into the Quick Lane Bowl on December 26, Tyler leads the Gophers defense in interceptions, ranks 2nd in tackles (53), and 3rd in pass breakups (4).

Nubin will be off the NFL draft Board early, come April

Following the 2022 season, Nubin had the opportunity to declare for the NFL draft, with many anticipating he would do so. Analysts predicted he could be a day two pick.

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Shortly after the season, however, Nubin announced his decision to return to the Gophers, which surprised a fair amount of those paying attention. Tyler took a gamble and it’s paying off.

There are highly respected draft analysts out there who now project Tyler Nubin as a night-one pick in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. His list of believers includes Mel Kiper Jr. (ESPN), who ranks Nubin as the second best safety in the draft.

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Nubin is far from guaranteed to hear his name called in the 1st round, come April. Barring any setbacks though, he’s almost guaranteed to be off the board at some point on day 2 (rounds 2 and 3).

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