Player Profile: Tyler Byrd

One of the most athletic defensive backs in the nation, Tyler Byrd, is headed to Tennessee as a prized 2016 signee.

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Biography

Tyler Byrd (class of 2016) is a cornerback from Naples High School in Naples, Florida. He was originally a Miami commit, but flipped his college choice after his main recruiter, Larry Scott, left for the Tennessee tight end coaching job.

Rankings

247Sports: No. 10 CB, No. 86 overall player in the class of 2016

Rivals: No. 7 ATH, No. 75 overall player in the class of 2016

ESPN: No. 1 ATH, No. 35 overall player in the class of 2016

Offers

Byrd had SEC offers from Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Some of his most notable offers came from Notre Dame and USC. He was committed to Miami for nearly a full year, and most had thought his recruitment was all but over until Tennessee’s late surge.

Film review

A skill that stands out in Byrd’s tape is the underrated ability to quickly shed off receiver’s blocks to make tackles. When defending the pass, he is aggressive in the secondary without resorting to illegal contact, one of the most important skills a defensive back can have. He’s instinctive when defending the pass and has the natural athleticism necessary for cornerbacks in the SEC. Tennessee is getting a Signing Day gem in Byrd.

Edited by Nathan Odom