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His unique blend of size, athleticism and power makes Tillery an unusual case from purely a football perspective. And his journey from Shreveport, Louisiana to South Bend is filled with plenty of other twists that make him one of the more interesting personalities in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Tillery signed with Notre Dame as a highly-touted prep and saw action immediately, playing in all 12 games as a true freshman and earning three starts. His numbers jumped from 12 overall tackles in 2015 to 37 (including 3.5 for loss) as a sophomore. He enjoyed a breakout junior campaign in which he set career-highs in tackles (56) and tackles for loss (9.0) while also leading the Irish in both QB hurries (11) and sacks (4.5).
Tillery's numbers were not quite as impressive as a senior with opponents often dedicating multiple blockers to him, but he still finished with 28 stops, including 8.5 for loss and a personal best 7.0 sacks, including four against rival Stanford.
Quite possibly the most physically imposing player of the 2019 NFL Draft. Blessed with rare size, including height, broad shoulders, vines for arms and excellent overall weight distribution. Surprisingly quick off the ball, showing impressive agility for a man of his size to get home on twists or when pursuing laterally and downfield.
Better at anchoring than his size suggests, showing incredible core strength and leg drive to root himself to the ground. Good upper-body strength, including forceful hands to stack and shed at the point of attack. Isn't exactly nimble but generates impressive closing speed.
A well-rounded individual outside of football. Reportedly taught himself how to write left-handed at the age of five simply because so few people have the ability to do so. Interested in worldly affairs, communicating with Congressmen, following the Nasdaq (his degree is in Economics) and traveling outside of the country, including to South Africa, Italy, Ireland and Poland.
Projection: First Round
--Field Level Media