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A Fort Wayne, Indiana product, Tranquill fought his way into immediate playing time at safety, starting three games (33 tackles, an interception) before suffering a torn ACL. He returned a year later only to suffer the same fate, tearing knee ligaments in his third game of the season (nine tackles, including 2.5 for loss, two passes broken up).
Tranquill played safety (79 tackles, including two for loss, two pass breakups and an interception) in 2016 before switching to outside linebacker, averaging 85 tackles, 9.5 for loss, 2.5 sacks and two interceptions over his final two years in South Bend.
He is shy in the size department, but the route-savvy and agility that earned him playing time at safety early on is still clear in Tranquill's game. Theoretically he's suited to handle the coverage duties of today's modern era weakside linebackers.
But he isn't an elite athlete, and NFL teams must trust the same level of dedication and toughness that helped him get back on the field at Notre Dame will guide his pro path.
Light on his feet and relatively loose-hipped among linebackers, smoothly re-directing and accelerating with above average speed (for the position) overall. Good spatial awareness and balance to sift through traffic and when running with tight ends or backs downfield in coverage. He is passionate in pursuit, taking aggressive angles and showing functional strength and wrap to bring down ballcarriers efficiently. Reads his keys and trusts his eyes, often getting an early break on the ball and lining up some wicked direct hits on screens and undercutting routes.
Despite his below-average frame (at least among NFL linebackers), Tranquill shows good toughness to take on hard-charging blockers in the hole. He has to fight for a stalemate, lacking the sand in his pants to anchor effectively or the explosive hands to disengage once opponents latch on.
Projection: Fourth Round
--Field Level Media