Set to enter his third season as the starting quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes, can Tyler Van Dyke deliver on his upside as a potential early-round QB prospect? Here’s a look at his 2024 NFL Draft scouting report and where he still has room for improvement on the draft circuit.
Tyler Van Dyke Draft Profile and Measurements
- Height: 6’4″
- Weight: 230 pounds
- Position: Quarterback
- School: Miami (FL)
- Current Year: Redshirt Junior
A four-star recruit out of high school, Van Dyke exploded onto the college football stage with a standout redshirt freshman campaign in 2021. That year, Van Dyke completed 202 of 324 attempts for 2,931 yards, 25 touchdowns, and just six interceptions.
The arrival of Mario Cristobal from Oregon in 2022 fueled added excitement for the Hurricanes’ program, along with Van Dyke. But instead, Miami took a step down in 2022. They went 5-7, falling out of bowl contention. And Van Dyke’s average yards per attempt dropped almost two full yards, as he passed for 10 scores and five picks on 253 attempts.
Heading into his redshirt sophomore season, Van Dyke had some fringe first-round hype, but now, his 2024 NFL Draft stock is in limbo. Does the Hurricanes’ team leader have the traits to re-emerge in 2023? Let’s take a look.
Tyler Van Dyke Scouting Report
- Boasts an ideal prototypical build with excellent height, mass, and play strength.
- Possesses a visibly strong arm that generates high levels of velocity with ease.
- Sports a crisp, fluid release that consistently produces tight spirals, launching pace.
- Velocity carries to all ranges and can be channeled through arm angle adjustment.
- Extremely elastic arm allows for free-functioning angle manipulation at release.
- Has decent vertical speed in open field and has enough mobility to sidestep rushers.
- Arm elasticity enables him to both work off-platform and elongate throwing windows.
- Flashes the ability to keep his eyes up while rolling out, creating chances off-script.
- Has shown he can keep his eyes forward on the dropback to hold defenders in place.
- Able to snap his back foot into place and place his front foot accurately in sequence.
- Has shown he can use controlled shoulder tilt to add loft on boundary passes.
- Keeps his off arm tight to his body to maximize rotational freedom and torque.
- Generally has good feel in the pocket, sensing rushers and sidestepping accordingly.
- Has the wherewithal to throw the ball away when nothing is there and when cornered.
- Tall, high-cut build naturally leads to stiffness when changing directions and evading.
- Visibly lacks great freedom as a lateral athlete and is a leggy mover in space.
- Lower-body mechanics still have considerable room for improvement in Year 3.
- Sometimes fails to roll his base uniformly through rotations, leading to width volatility.
- Incongruent, unstable mechanics cause shoulder misalignment and bouts of inaccuracy.
- Can have scissor feet on the dropback at times, tying him up when he needs to adapt.
- Sometimes jolts too much when navigating in-phase and can be too staggered.
- Pressure can bait him into leaving pockets prematurely and hesitating on throws.
- More often than not, is an area thrower who struggles with situational precision.
- Still seeking a more consistent balance of arc and energy on passes to the deep third.
- Stares down targets in the zone and can be quicker as a processor and a triggerman.
- Hesitation and delays between stimulus and response can increase turnover risk.
- Will sometimes seek to force ill-advised throws with his arm.
Current Draft Projection and Summary
Entering the 2024 NFL Draft cycle, Van Dyke is a Day 3 QB prospect at best. He does have the necessary arm talent to potentially rise into early-round contention with enough development. But after a year of developmental stagnation and statistical regression in 2022, he needs to rebound in a big way to resurrect his stock.
At 6’4″, 230 pounds, with high-level arm strength and arm elasticity, Van Dyke is a passer in the young “Big Ben” Roethlisberger mold — purely from a physical standpoint.
He’s not an active, creative, or athletic force in his offense, but he does have enough mobility to work off-platform, and he’s a tough, strong pocket passer who can peel passes around tight coverage with his velocity.
Right now, those are where the similarities end between Van Dyke and the former NFL standout. Much of Van Dyke’s production in 2021 was unsustainably inflated by his scheme, and in 2022, he experienced a regression.
Inconsistencies with processing, field vision, mechanics, and accuracy all remained in 2022, and an injury suffered late in the season against Duke prevented him from riding out the year on a high note.
Nevertheless, strong showings against North Carolina and Virginia Tech provided some solace for Van Dyke, and he could build on those outings in 2023.
As a pocket passer without elite creation capacity, the margin for error is slimmer for Van Dyke, which is why he needs major work on the operational side. But with another year as a starter in a system that offers more support, he could potentially fight for Day 2 capital as a developmental backup with starting upside at his ultimate maximum.
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