2021 NFL Draft: Five potential breakout prospects

2021 NFL Draft prospect, Kenny Pickett (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Tyler Shelvin, 2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft prospect, Tyler Shelvin (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images) /

2. Tyler Shelvin, NT, LSU

It can be argued that Tyler Shelvin had his breakout campaign last season after being a vital piece to that LSU national championship defense. However, I think we could see Shelvin take an even bigger step in 2020 on his way to becoming a potential first-round prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft.

In his first year as a starter, Shelvin was a terror against the run for the Tigers. At 340+ pounds, he takes up a ton of space and often forces double-teams, allowing teammates to make plays thanks to his presence.

While he has yet to show much in the pass-rushing department, Shelvin did push the pocket with consistency in 2019 and proved he can disrupt in the passing game without the big sack totals.

He has the strength and raw power that you would expect from a guy of his size but he pairs that with some surprising quickness that makes Shelvin one of the biggest “high-ceiling” prospects going into the 2020 season.

If he can show that he has a few more tools in his toolbox in 2020, Tyler Shelvin could challenge Marvin Wilson as the first interior defensive lineman off the board in the 2021 NFL Draft.