Photo of Michael Tyson
Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 6
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 187

Combine Results

5.05 ?
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 33.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 118.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Tyson is a flex box safety who's right at home near the line of scrimmage, so he'll be a subpackage piece for Seattle. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'1" Height
  • 31 3/4" Arm Length
  • 204LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/4" Hands


Tyson had to live with the boxing jokes that get thrown his way once people hear his name, as they'd reference the infamous doings of the former heavyweight champion. His grandfather, father, and even his young son also share the name, so he's learned to live with it. Tyson didn't take long to get on the field, earning enough playing time to rack up 18 tackles and intercept two passes as a freshman. He started three of 13 games played in 2014, making 41 stops and defending one pass on the year, and played in 11 games as a junior (four starts, 32 tackles, two for loss, four pass breakups). Tyson got his chance as a full-time starter last fall, leading the team with five interceptions while making 46 tackles, 4.5 for losses, and breaking up five other throws.



Wrap-up tackler who lands chest first and drags ball carriers down quickly. Good finishing rate as a tackler and doesn't let many slip away. Attacks downhill once he diagnoses run. Prefers to meet running backs and receiver screens in the backfield when possible. Has experience covering the slot and playing zone underneath. Plays with adequate route anticipation. If receiver gives route away prematurely, he will respond. Defends throws with well-timed inside hand to disrupt catch point. Communicative on the field and plays with football intelligence.


Hip tightness makes it hard to handle coverage in space. Defense allowed him to sit down in relatively small patch of grass to do much of his work. Slight hesitation in his downhill close-outs to the throw. Much better playing forward than backward. Slow to flip hips and run with any speed. Allows too much vertical separation on go routes. Tends to get lost when back is to the quarterback. Slow to get head around and find the football allowing receivers to make necessary adjustments. All five of his interceptions came in two games.

Draft Projection


Bottom Line

Plays with pretty good football instincts and is competitive challenging the run, but his inconsistencies in deep coverage could cause teams to shy away from using him anywhere but near the line of scrimmage. Tyson has average safety skills and could benefit with more weight work if he has to become a full-time box safety with tight end coverage ability.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster