2022 NFL Draft Rookie Profile: Tyler Allgeier (Fantasy Football)
In September 2021, Tyler Allgeier was starting his third year playing at BYU. The Fontana, California native was on the field near the end of the third quarter, with his team holding on to a 21-17 lead over 19th ranked Arizona State. BYU QB Jaren Hall had just thrown a pick that was looking to be run back by the Sun Devils for a score. That is, until Allgeier pulled a DK Metcalf, ran down the man, and proceeded to punch the ball loose. The Cougars won the game, moving to 3-0. In late 2021 Allgeier announced he would forgo his remaining two years of eligibility at BYU and enter the NFL draft.
The Tyler Allgeier chase/forced fumble against ASU is incredible pic.twitter.com/yJAi19bGbC
— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) January 21, 2022
Let’s take a look at Allgeier’s college production and tape to get an idea of what we can expect from him as he enters the NFL. This article is part of our Rookie Profile series going on until the 2022 NFL Draft. For more on each rookie, check out Andy, Mike, and Jason’s exclusive rookie rankings and production profiles found only in the Dynasty Pass, part of the UDK+ for 2022.
Allgeier played four games his first season at BYU, and in 2019 he moved from RB to LB. In 2019 as a linebacker, he recorded 26 total tackles in addition to 119 yards rushing on offense. He moved back to RB in 2020 and played 11 games. In his last season in college, Allgeier broke BYU’s single-season rushing record with over 1,600 yards from scrimmage. Every year in his college career, Allgeier made tangible leaps, improving in all rushing measurables, ending his senior year with 23 rushing TDs. He also was a weapon in the passing game, catching almost 200 yards during his last year at BYU.
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Allgeier had a somewhat underwhelming combine with an average broad jump and a less than ideal 40 time. Be that as it may, he has excellent size for the RB position with a thicker lower body, tipping the scales at 220 pounds with a 5’11” frame, which is precisely the NFL RB1 college average.
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What’s on Tape
Games Viewed: Baylor (2021), USC (2021), Idaho State (2021), Washington State (2021), Houston (2020), UVA (2021), ASU (2021)
Patience is a Virtue
One of the first things you notice when you watch Allgeier is that he is a patient runner. He has good vision for an RB, and you can see him waiting for blocks to develop and use them to his advantage. Running behind the Cougars’ 22nd PFF ranked offensive line going into the 2021 season, every time Allgeier got the ball, you could see him note the coverage and adapt accordingly. I watched multiple plays where I was convinced he was going nowhere, and he came out of the pile with positive yardage. I rarely noted Allgeier falling backward when hit. His low center of gravity and his solid balance help him fall forward when tackled.
Yards After Contact
Allgeier is a gritty runner. There is something special about a player who needs countless defenders to bring him down (ahem, Deebo), and Allgeier’s yards after contact reflects that. According to PFF, in 2021, his YAC was the 3rd highest among RBs, behind only Kenneth Walker and Sean Tucker. That helped to translate to NCAA best 23 rushing TDs that season. He continually churns his legs in a Jonathan Taylor-esque style, making him hard to bring down on first contact. Of Allgeier’s 1,600 total yards, over 1,100 came after contact.
Tyler Allgeier led the FBS with 1,847 rushing yards after contact since 2020 🔷pic.twitter.com/m4BGYQWSa1
— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) January 29, 2022
Ball security is something to be concerned with while assessing Allgeier. Four of his six career fumbles came in 2021, often due to the fighting for extra yards. He will have to work on protecting the football as he enters the NFL, the land of punch-outs and strip tackles. In 2021 he received a 69.8 grade for fumbles from PFF.
Tyler Allgeier's first fumble of the season and the first of his career.
You can tell he's extremely disappointed. pic.twitter.com/Z6PWtumiAD
— Benjamin Criddle (@CriddleBenjamin) October 9, 2021
What’s Not on Tape
Allgeier had 28 receptions in his senior year; however, no receiving TDs. We all know that an RB that can catch passes is worth his weight in gold, and Allgeier needs to improve here. Whether or not BYU drew up these plays, Allgeier would be a more valuable player if targeted with more passes, especially with his ability to break tackles and garner yards after contact. He is a capable receiver, able to transition to yards after the catch, yet he was not used primarily as a pass-catching RB in college. He could handle a more significant workload here.
Not Overly Explosive
I never seemed to see Allgeier push it and find that other gear you want to see once RBs can see that open space in front of them. Perhaps this is where his slower 40-time translates slightly. His explosivity is lacking, and if he can couple that with his success in yards after contact, we could see some of those “take it to the house” game-winning runs once he gets to the NFL.
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Allgeier is an athlete that could be a great backup with the strong possibility of transitioning to the starter. The role of the work-horse three-down back in the NFL is not as prominent as it was years ago, but Allgeier might be precisely that. He is not Najee Harris, but his style reminds me of another (past) Steeler, my personal favorite, Arizona Cardinals’ James Conner. Conner was a solid three-down back early in his career in Pittsburgh, and I could see the potential for Allgeier to follow that path. NFLmockdraftdatatbase.com currently projects Allgeier being drafted in the 4th round, going around the 7th RB off the board. There are several teams who would benefit from Allegier’s strong base, churning legs, and outstanding balance – Atlanta, Houston, and Miami come to mind first. He would be a great snag for the Atlanta with pick 112, early in the 4th round.