TSV Scouting Department

Tyler Larsen

Report Prepared By Lance Zierlein

Breakdown:

#58
Class: Senior
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 313 lbs.
School: Utah State
Bio:
  • First-team All-Mountain West (2013)
  • 2x First-team All-WAC (2012, 2011)
  • One of a handful of player throughout the nation that earned first-team honors in two different conferences
  • 52 career stats, first in the Mountain West and tied for fifth in the nation

Senior Bowl Notes

  • Larsen accepted an invitation to compete in the 2014 Senior Bowl in Mobile.
  • One of the problems I had on film with Larsen is that he doesn’t bend or play with as much leverage as I would like.  On Monday, that got him in some trouble against UConn’s DT Shamar Stephen bull rushed him.  Larsen looked a little out of control at times and will need to tighten that up.

Combine Notes

**Combine measurements

  • Bench Press - 36 reps
  • Vertical Jump - 23.5"
  • Broad Jump - 8'6"
  • 3 Cone Drill - 8.22 seconds
  • 20 yard shuttle - 4.70 seconds

**Arm/Hand Measurements

  • Arm length - 31 1/2"
  • Hand size - 9 1/4"

Pros

  • Good hand placement
  • Gets arm extension quickly against nose tackles
  • Shows ability to brace up hold his ground against bull rushers
  • Doesn't look pretty, but tends to get guys blocked

Cons

  • Plays too high out of snap
  • Fails to stay engaged to his man for as long as you like
  • Lacks bend and isn't a leverage player
  • Gets weight too far out over his feet causing him to topple

Report

Larsen was named first team All-WAC for three consecutive years, started 51 games and was a 2nd Team All-American this year for Utah State.  He's intelligent and handles the protection calls for Aggies.
 
While Larsen isn't going to excite you much with the way that he gets guys blocked, what I'm looking for is a center who gets guys blocked and Larsen does just that.  Larsen doesn't generate much power from his lower body because he does bend well in his stance, but he clearly has the upper body strength to generate movement needed.
 
As a pass protector, Larsen shows good hand usage and gets his hands on defenders quickly with arm extension helping to keep nose tackles from getting into him.  Despite his high pad level and average athleticism in space, Larsen has enough strength and intelligence to make it in the league.  I did want to see a little more nasty out of him on the field.