Friday, January 22, 2021

Tyler Biadasz medical questions make him drop to 4th round

Arguably one of the best centers in the county in 2018, and getting huge buzz from draftniks, Tyler Biadasz’s draft stock has tumbled of late. With medical issues resulting in him dropping all the way to pick 146, the Cowboys moved up to take a shot at what could be an absolute steal.

Biadasz, nicknamed ‘Bad Ass’ in high school , plummeted on draft boards after a couple of pretty serious medical issues. A hip operation in 2019 that seemingly caused a decline in dynamism and consistency was followed by news at the combine that he wouldn’t not compete in any drills owing to arthroscopic should surgery.

At 6’1″ and 321 pounds Biadasz is a solid chunk of human being, although a little on the shorter side than your prototypical lineman. He has great power and mobility at his best, but it remains to be seen just how much toll those injuries have taken off the top of his game.

Wisconsin Badger Tyler Biadasz could be a 4th round steal © David Stluka
Wisconsin Badger Tyler Biadasz could be a 4th round steal © David Stluka

If healthy Tyler Biadasz is a long-term starter in the NFL

With two consecutive seasons of injuries, the future is cloudy for Tyler Biadasz, but the upside is unquestionable. With the retirement of long-time center Travis Frederick the Cowboys had a glaring vacancy for a replacement, and clearly saw Biadasz as having the potential to be the longterm answer.

Biadasz is a competitive, flexible center with great power throughout his frame. Some of this was lost in 2019 coming off the hip injury, but Dallas will be hoping that twelve months removed from the surgery he will be back to his old self.

Arguably one of the most dominant college blockers in 2018, Biadasz had great mobility that allowed good lateral slides and still stayed square. Good hand usage, pop and timing, and great football IQ that will work well at the next level.

He doesn’t have much length which could be an issue, but his only real downside is the injuries in 2019 and 2020. He does have a tendency to lose body control as well, but it’s hard to know how much of his issues in 2019 were the result of the hip and shoulder injurues.

All in all Tyler Biadasz seems worth a shot at this point in the fourth round. With good upside he could easily anchor the line for years to come, and if healthy is ahead of many players drafted ahead of him including 2020 first round pick Cesar Ruiz.

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