Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Edina High School (Edina, MN)
Accolades: 2 time All-MAC, Academic All-MAC
Athletic Ability: Adequate athletic ability with solid foot speed and lateral agility and adequate initial quickness, balance, and ability to change directions.
Gap Blocking: Tenacious, mauling gap blocker, with good play strength to give a good initial pop and good ability to drive his feet to finish and flatten EDGE defenders and LBs with a motor that refuses to quit. This is where he will make his money, running downhill and bulldozing smaller defenders out of his way. He can be slow at the snap to slant and cover for pulling guards, allowing the defender to penetrate the backfield and his hands can be late, which limits his effectiveness at driving back bigger defenders.
Zone Blocking: Good ability to backside zone block, exploding into backside DE or LB with strong aggressive hands to knock him outside and out of the play or working his way playside and flattening the first unfortunate soul in his path. Solid scoop blocking ability when he can engage his hands with inside placement, using his hands to set up his feet and position his back to the play. Good combo blocking, powerfully sealing with good hand strength and awareness of LB flow to get square at the 2nd level. Solid pulling ability with surprising mobility for his size and solid agility to navigate traffic. On the move, he can let his pad level rise and shows slow hands, often allowing EDGE defenders to get to his chest and knocking him back, but he shows good aggressiveness to regain hand positioning.
Pass Pro: Still raw as a pass protector, he shows good awareness of blitzes and stunts and slides his feet well for a man of his size, with solid foot speed to get to his set point. Has a good strong punch to drive speed rushers outside and over the arc and fights to re-establish hand placement when lost, keeping his feet moving vs smaller EDGE defenders. His most glaring weakness is anchoring vs bull rushes or speed to power moves, where a combination of high pads, minimal bend on the run, and late hands allow him to be pushed back, dirtying the pocket. When initially pushed back, he tends to lunge rather than using his hands to set up his feet, and can lose his balance. He can be vulnerable to counter moves due to adequate change of direction and late hand placement.
Overall: Tommy Doyle is a big mauling OT who fits best in a gap-based run scheme where he can use his raw size and strength to flatten smaller defenders. Will also be a solid zone blocker, though his tendency to let his pads rise on the move will limit his effectiveness. Technically, he is very raw as a pass protector, though he possesses all the physical and mental tools to be functional at the next level.
What to look for in 2020: How will he stack up against better competition? Circle September 5th on your calendar, as he will face Pitt’s Patrick Jones II, an EDGE who will be on many draft boards in 2021. In 2019, Doyle faced Iowa’s AJ Epenesa, a 2nd round draft pick by the Bills, with mixed results, so it will be interesting to watch this matchup. Look for him to earn a Senior Bowl invite, where he can truly be measured against the best.
Way too early prediction: Based on his run blocking ability and physical upside, I would expect to see Doyle taken late day 2 or early day 3. He’s simply too raw of a prospect to be in the discussion for rounds 1-2.