Here I go, jumping on the Tyler Varga bandwagon. It’s not too late is it? There appears to be plenty of room.
Who is Tyler Varga? He’s one of the most under-rated players in the draft according to NFL Network analyst Charles Davis.
Varga was a running back at Yale and could be a running back/fullback hybrid in the NFL.
Sounds like a perfect fit for the Detroit Lions in the fifth, sixth or seventh rounds.
Varga (5-foot-11, 222 pounds) has a most interesting background. His mother and father were bodybuilders. When he appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday his muscles popping out from a Yale shirt that appeared two sizes too small.
He scored a pair of rushing touchdowns at the Senior Bowl where he was definitely a standout. He was named the North team’s captain before the game which obviously means he displayed leadership qualities. Although he played only tailback at Yale and in high school, he was asked to take a few snaps at fullback at the Senior Bowl.
In 2014 he rushed for 1,423 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading Yale to an 8-2 record and a second-place finish in the Ivy League this season.
Varga is interesting enough that ESPN will be at his house on Saturday for the NFL draft. On the Dan Patrick Show he said the consensus from scouts is that he’ll be drafted. He’s not so confident that it will be on any day other than Saturday in rounds four through seven.
Dane Brugler, NFLdraftscout.com analyst, wrote about Varga: “Strong-minded and always alert. Reliable hands as a pass-catcher with versatile skills to play on special teams and as an offensive Swiss Army knife — also returned kickoffs in college (23.2 career average). Secures the ball high and tight (zero fumbles as a senior). Solid anchor and upper body extension as a pass protector.’’
He’s smart too. Proof? He speaks three languages and was an ecology and evolutionary biology major which he said translates to pre-med. Medicine is his long-term goal. For now, he wants to play football.
Varga, who was born in Sweden and then moved to Canada, played five positions in high school and scored more than 100 touchdowns. According to his Yale bio, he’s also had a competitive history in AAA baseball and alpine ski-racing.
Sounds good enough for me.
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