Las Vegas Raiders: In-depth scouting report of Tanner Muse

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2. Tape Breakdown

Notre Dame (2018 CFP)

Stats: 5 solo tackles, 0 assists, 5 total tackles, 0 TFL, 0.0 sacks, 0 INT, 0 pass deflections, 1 FF

Notable Plays: 0:10, 0:18, 1:32, 1:43, 2:32, 5:22

Overview: Going back to his junior year in the Cotton Bowl. When his responsibility in zone was to keep things in front of him, he did well. He did get beat a couple of times in man coverage (1:43 and 2:32) but was targeted on neither of those plays.

Muse gave up two catches for around 25 yards, which is not nearly enough to hurt the team. The first catch given up was at (0:10). Muse was playing off man and actually closed in quickly on the receiver running a quick out but could have taken a better angle.

He quickly made the tackle though and it only went for five yards. The second catch given up was near the end of the game at (5:22). Was in zone and took another bad angle to the ball allowing a catch along the sideline for a gain of around 20.

I liked what Muse showed against the run. He was always watching the ball and is not only a willing but solid tackler. He did miss one tackle in the open field but he consistently wraps up and shows good form.

This was a good showing in a big game as a college player, but he did show some weaknesses that make it clear he probably could not be a true safety at the next level when evaluating him as a prospect.

Grade: C+

Ohio State (2019 CFP)

Stats: 3 solo tackles, 0 assists, 3 total tackles, 0 TFL, 0.0 sacks, 0 INT, 0 pass deflections

Notable Plays: 0:10, 1:29, 2:15, 3:05, 3:43, 4:34, 8:10, 9:08

Overview: Now on to his senior season against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. A year later and he showed much of the same as the previous tape against Notre Dame.

He had a couple of good reps in coverage at 1:29 and 2:32. At 1:29, Muse gets into turn-and-run coverage against a streak route and is right there with his man.

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Muse has the speed to cover those vertical routes — his problem is when receivers make a break or cut and Muse is too slow laterally due to his tight hips to recover. At 2:32, he picks up the tight end in the middle of the field in the red zone for another positive play in coverage.

His best play of the game was at 2:15. This is the definition of an effort play. Muse shows his 4.41 speed getting into third gear chasing running back J.K. Dobbins from behind to make the touchdown-saving tackle.

This plays really shows how his skill-set translates to being a run-and-chase backside linebacker.

There were still too many plays where he was clunky in zone and not playing the right depths allowing too much room underneath or over the top. His footwork did not look much improved from last season.

Grade: B-