Tyler Larsen is one our highest graded UFAs and had a remarkable career at Utah State. The 6’4″ 313 lb. Larsen started 52 consecutive games after a freshman year knee injury and was voted 1st Team All WAC three years in a row. He was also one of six Remington Finalist for Center of the Year honors for 2013. He graded out the highest on his team overall at 86% and had five games where he graded out at over 90% and he also made all of the blocking calls for the line. He really impressed scouts in The Senior Bowl with his performance against Aaron Donald who had embarrassed two other players.
Larsen is tall with excellent mobility and also has good quickness off the ball. He excels in creating running lanes and also has very good lateral movement in pass protection. He is faster than he appears and is able to block effectively downfield and displays a good change of direction. On short yardage situations he has excellent leg drive and he performed very well in both the shotgun and with the QB under center. He does have short arms and has average knee bend which can get him in trouble sometimes on a hard rush.
The bottom line is Larson has proven to be very durable and could also play the guard position if needed. Many experts feel that he has a reasonable chance to make the team and that is great news to know we may have a very experienced Center to back up Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey. Pouncey may face disciplinary action stemming from the Well’s Report bullying scandal before the season begins.
Larsen will join former Utah State player CB Will Davis on the roster who was taken as our 3rd round pick in 2013.