Who Is T.J. Tampa? Height, Weight, Age, and More

Iowa State CB T.J. Tampa has one of the highest ceilings in the 2024 NFL Draft. Here is everything to know about Tampa.

Iowa State cornerback T.J. Tampa is one of the best at his position in the 2024 NFL Draft. Here is everything to know about Tampa.

How Tall Is T.J. Tampa?

Tampa stands at 6’2″. He stands out as a rare size-speed athlete with truly elite length and disruptive reach.

How Much Does Tampa Weigh?

Tampa weighs in at 200 pounds. His size allows him to be an explosive long-strider with powerful knee drive and instant acceleration.

How Old Is Tampa?

Tampa was born on March 13, 2002, and is 22 years old.

He was born in Norristown, Pa., and moved to Jonesboro, Ga., at the age of three. At 15, he moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., and attended Lakewood High School.

What School Did Tampa Go To?

In his high school career, Tampa played on both offense and defense. On offense, he caught 67 passes for 1,323 yards and 15 touchdowns.

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On defense, he tallied 33 tackles with nine being for a loss, four sacks, two pass deflections, an interception, a fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles.

A three-star recruit, Tampa decided to commit to play college football at Iowa State over schools such as Georgia, Maryland, Rutgers, Toledo, UCF, and South Florida.

Revisiting Tampa’s College Career

During his freshman year in 2020, Tampa played in nine games on special teams and as a reserve in the secondary. He tallied five tackles, had two tackles against Texas Tech, and posted a TFL against Kansas.

In his sophomore year, Tampa played in 13 games, starting five. He registered 18 tackles and three pass breakups.

Tampa was named second-team All-Big 12 in his junior year and started all 12 games. He put up 40 tackles, including five tackles for a loss, and had one interception and a team-best nine pass breakups. He also forced a fumble at the goal line against Iowa that was recovered by Kendell Jackson at the one-yard line and had a career-high eight tackles against Baylor.

As a senior, Tampa was one of the best cornerbacks in the nation. He played and started all 12 games during the regular season, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors, and was named Associated Press Third-Team All-American, becoming the first Cyclone defensive back to earn All-America honors since Brian Peavy.

In his final year, he had 44 tackles, including three for a loss, made two interceptions, and finished with seven pass breakups. He allowed just one touchdown in his last 497 coverage snaps, matched his career high with eight tackles at Oklahoma, and he had four tackles and a win-clincher against Oklahoma State with an interception with less than two minutes left.

Tampa’s Potential in the NFL

Pro Football Network draft analyst Ian Cummings said Tampa grades out as a top-50 prospect of the 2024 NFL Draft and a fringe top-five CB candidate.

“He has an absurd playmaking radius with his combined length and recovery speed, and his attack explosiveness is in a tier of its own,” Cummings said in Tampa’s scouting report.

“Beyond his length and vertical explosiveness, Tampa also has good size-adjusted fluidity, exceptional short-area energy and throttle control, and the corrective twitch to adjust his alignment and recover positioning quickly on routes. At the catch point, his past as a former receiver amounts to superb ball skills.”

KEEP READING: Ian Cummings’ Full Scouting Report of T.J. Tampa

Cummings said some of Tampa’s strengths include being a high-IQ defender who can quickly recognize screens and quick outs and trigger downhill and possessing smooth fluidity and swivel freedom for his size, allowing for easy recalibration.

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