IOWA CITY, Iowa - Tyler Eads isn't the biggest or fastest guy on the field. The Iowa City West High senior does a lot of things well, however.
I saw Eads live this fall when he and the Trojans knocked out Ottumwa in the first round of the Class 4A Playoffs. He made plays in all three phases.
Height, Weight: 6-1, 205
Position(s): Slot receiver/defensive back
40 Time: 4.52
Evaluation: Eads is one of those guys who would be a shoe-in for a Power 5 offer if he were a tick faster and/or a shade bigger. As it is, he could still play at that level if it's the right situation. He's certainly a good enough "football player" to excel at the FCS level and it's surprising to me that he hasn't garnered more interest on that level.
As a slot receiver, Eads shows good hands and a willingness to take hits over the middle. He does a nice job hanging onto the ball after contact and can make people miss in space. He runs strong routes and that helps him get separation.
Defensively, he projects as a safety with strong coverage skills. He closes well on the ball and wraps up well when he gets there. He plays physically and most often seems to be in the right place, indicating he watches film and can read an offense.
Eads needs to add strength, which he should be able to do in a college weight program. He's likely to help a program on special teams with his toughness and understanding of the game.
Here's a look at his senior highlights: