Tyler Nubin Lands Top-30 Spot on PFF NFL Draft Big Board

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Minnesota Golden Gophers safety Tyler Nubin is a top defensive back prospect in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft. And if teams across the league share similar perspectives as Pro Football Focus, he stands a good chance of hearing his name called in round one on Thursday, April 25.

Nubin played a ginormous role for the Gophers defense the last few seasons, and capped off 2023 with multiple All-America and All-Big Ten awards.

Tyler Nubin is Top-30 PFF NFL Draft Big Board

PFF just released their official 2024 NFL Draft big board and the Gophers safety just barely snuck into the top 30, right behind the only safety ranked ahead of him, University of Miami’s Kamren Kinchens. Nubin is the 5th-highest player on their board from the Big Ten Conference.

2(WR) Marvin Harrison Jr.Ohio State
8(CB) Cooper DejeanIowa
9(T) Olu FashanuPenn State
10(DL) Jer’zahn NewtonIllinois
30(S) Tyler NubinMinnesota

Tyler Nubin 2023 PFF Grades

Nubin, who is listed at 6’2 210 LBS, played in all 12 regular season games this season for the Gophers,totaling 768 snaps. Tyler’s final defensive grade of 89.7 ranked 10th among safeties. Kinchens carries a final PFF grade of 67.8 for last season (436th among safeties).

This season, Nubin recorded 53 tackles, along with five interceptions and four pass breakups. Over his tenure with the Maroon and Gold, spanning 55 career games, he accumulated 207 tackles. Notably, his 13 career interceptions set a program record.

Nubin is an experienced safety who can play both free and strong responsibilities. He’s reliable in run defense, but his most impressive trait is his anticipation in coverage. There are more athletic safeties in this class, but few, if any, can see the game better than Nubin.


3 Teams that Fit Nubin’s Play Style

PFF utilizes a trends tool that identifies players fitting various team styles, and for Nubin, it highlights the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears as great fits schematically.

Tyler Nubin had a heck of a 5-year career in Dinkytown. Even last year, when many thought he could be selected in the mid rounds of last year’s NFL Draft, he chose one more year, which only boosted his draft stock. He will go down as one of the best Gophers to ever play the position and he has a ton of potential at the next level.

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