Tyler Varga: 2015 Cowboys Running Back Prospect

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Tyler Varga rushed 233 times in 2014 for 1,423 yards (6.1 YPC), and 22 touchdowns. He also added 107 yards on 12 receptions for another 4 touchdowns. Varga averaged 142.3 yards and 15.6 points per game on the season.

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Cas started “The Guys No One Is Talking About” series years ago and it has become one of the trademarks of Your Daily Cowboys Football Fix. We pride ourselves in providing our readers with the best scouting reports on the net. This series has produced numereous players who have gone on to have illustrious NFL careers. This post will feature RB Tyler Varga.

Will all of the players we profile in this series go on to be starters in the NFL? Absolutely not. Some may not make final cuts, some may be special team players, some complimentary players and or backups. However, the goal is to not only find those sleepers that 32 NFL GM’s missed on, but get these guys some recognition. Some of the recent success stories include: Justin Houston, Vontaze Burfict, Henry Hynosky, Arian Foster, Wes Welker, Cole Beasley, Tyrone Crawford, Buster Skrine and Kyle Arrington to name a few. All of the players from this series went from the middle rounds to undrafted. With all of that being said, we believe in Tom Landry’s three year rule. So… before you knock one of these guys because they were not 1st year starters, exhibit a little bit of patience. Some guys need a few years to develop. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Our philosophy is: anyone can write about all of the big-name media hyped players, but where is the challenge in that? We want to find the next stars who were “The Guys No One Is Talking About.”

tyler vargaTyler Varga, RB/FB

Height|Weight: 5-11  224

College: Yale

40 time: 4.55

Grade: 81.0

Round: 5-6

If you are not a Yale Fan, you probably never heard of Tyler Varga before the Senior Bowl. I had the opportunity to watch some old footage of “Iron Head” Alan Amecehe from the Baltimore colts back in the mid to late 50’s. He is in the record books for rushing 155 yards in his first NFL start. When I watched Tyler Varga’s tape, it was De Ja Vu. Coming from an Ivy League school, he wasn’t on many scouts radars. There was the “he didn’t play against any top competition” label on him. After his great showing at the senior bowl where he proved to be a complete back  by showing he can run well, catch the ball out of the backfield, pass protect and be effective as a lead blocker, scouts began to take notice. He solidified his NFL worthiness by amassing 31 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries in the Senior Bowl game.

Yale official team bio: 

Notes: 2nd among Yale’s top 10 career rushers with 5.6 average… 3rd on Yale’s career rushing TD list with 31… 4th in career rushing yards with 2,985… 5th with 529 rushing attempts… 17 games with 100+ yards… Three games over 200… Three-time All-Ivy selection… Scored 2 TDs in 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl and was captain of the North… Invited to 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. 2014: 2nd Team All-America by The Sports Network… 3rd Team All-America by BSN… First-team All-Ivy… 6.1 per carry and 142 yards per game… Led the FCS in touchdowns and scoring average… 26 total TDs broke school record… 22 rushing TDs were second… 1,423 rushing yards were third… Tied school record with five TD runs against Army (28-185), including 3-yard plunge in OT to end game. collegesportsmadness.com national player of the week… New England Sports Writers Sept. 27 Gold Helmet Award… Featured on Sept. 27 ESPN College Football Final show as well as Sept. 28 NFL Primetime,.. Scored five TDs (4 rush) with 184 yards against Colgate… Ran for 152 on 19 carries with a TD in win over Lehigh… Second ranked prospect in the September rankings for the 2015 CFL Draft… National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete… Finalist for William Campbell Trophy, awarded for the nation’s top football playing scholar-athlete by the NFF… Gridiron Club of Boston’s FCS Swede Nelson Award Winner… F. Wilder Bellamy Jr. Memorial Prize given by the Yale’s Council of Masters (May 2014) for student who best exemplify the qualities for which the alumnus is remembered, including personal integrity, loyalty to friends and high-spiritedness in athletics, academics and social life. 2014 – End of Year Awards

  • Bushnell Cup Winner (Ivy Offensive MVP)
  • 2nd Team All-America by The Sports Network
  • 3rd Team All-America by Beyond Sports Network
  • First-Team All-Ivy League
  • Gold Helmet (NEFW Top Senior in New England)
  • NFF Scholar-Athlete Award (sponsored by NYAC)
  • Finalist for William Campbell Trophy (NFF)
  • Swede Nelson Award (Gridiron Club of Boston, Scholar-Athlete)
  • 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl Invitation (Jan. 24, Mobile, Ala.)
  • College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty All-America Team
  • FCS Athletic Directors Association Academic All-America

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Film Study:

  • Tyler Varga is a physical specimen if I ever saw one. ( A tank in pads) he has a wide upper body with thick, well toned, muscular arms and tree trunks for legs… No stranger to the weight room… At first glance you would think he is a LB… Despite his thick build, he has extremely quick feet and fluid hips… Can stop on a dime and change direction with the best of them… Plays with patience… Has good instincts… Has excellent burst to hit the hole… Rarely goes down on initial contact… High motor player who will fight for the tough yards… Has the ability to move a pile… Can run between the tackles, or get to the edge on stretch plays… Very intelligent both academically and about football… Understands his assignments…  Can make guys miss in space… Has a powerful straight arm… Nice jump cut… Fleet footed in tight space… Plays with good pad level after contact and keeps his legs churning… Doesn’t absorb contact he dishes it out… Will lower his shoulder and punish the tackler with a powerful impact… Good nose for the endzone and will fight to get there…

 

  • Tyler Varga plays with decent technique in pass protection…. Does a nice job in blitz pick up… Can be used as a lead blocker… Very effective catching the ball out of the back field… Soft hands… Runs good routes… Does a nice  job as a lead blocker… Makes good reads on the hots… QB friendly… Complete back…

 

  • Varga  doesn’t possess the straight line speed many scouts look for…  He missed half of his junior season due to a serious injury. He tore his Peroneal tendon (it connects the calf muscle to the foot) during his senior year of high school. He nearly lost his foot due to compartment syndrome, which restricted his blood flow. His upright running style may cause problems at the next level… Needs to be more conscious to avoid contact rather than invite it: could shorten his career… Needs to improve his technique when in pass protection… Needs to learn to anchor better… Needs to use his hands better… A bit undersized for a FB….

Despite giving Tyler Varga a late 2nd round grade, I projected him for the 5th to 6th round because teams will be undecided as to whether they want to draft him as a FB or a change of pace RB. Personally, I am not as concerned about straight line speed as many scouts are. When I think of players like Earl Campbell, Franco Harris, Larry Csonka etc, none of them were going to be track stars. Varga is in that mold. I believe he could be an every down back because of his power, instincts, quick feet, elusiveness and burst. Scott Linehan likes a RB who can run between the tackles or get to the edge on stretch plays, block and catch the ball out of the backfield. Varga fits the bill. Add in the fact he is a perfect fit for Garrett’s “Right Kind Of Guys” with a high intelligence level, flawless character and leadership ability, he is a shoe in for the Cowboys offense. If there is one thing all NFL teams need, it’s a back who has the power to get the tough yards on 3rd and short or goal line situations…

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    If the Cowboys were to keep Murray, I would draft Varga to play FB. Varga has decent hands and can carry the football. I think it would give defenses extra things to worry about and would be able to take some carries away from Murray. They could have a serious one two punch in the backfield. Also I seem to remember many saying Emmitt was too small and too slow. Speed is overrated.

    • This guy will have a solid NFL career.

      • Al

        Yup

    • Al

      Exactly

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    You could line him at RB, FB, WR, TE, and even ST. He could be a dynamic player.

    • I really like this guy. I told Bryan he was a sleeper and was going to do a report on him. Grrr Al beat me to it. He is starter material.

      • Al

        Lol

    • Al

      Amen to that. Very versatile

  • Lionone1

    This is one of those New England running backs they always seem to find. Nice article

    • Al

      Thanks Lion and you’re right

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    Great find on this guy Al!! Wow, love his N&S running style!

    • Al

      Thanks johnathan