Draft Analysis: Tank Tyler

NC State defensive tackle Tank Tyler was selected in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Wolfpack star discusses his future with Kansas City, and KC officials talk with the media about Tyler in this interview.

What did you like about the Chiefs?
"I love the head coach. He is a good humorous guy. They fight hard. Some people doubt the Chiefs, but they fight hard. I have been part of the underdog team for awhile so I am looking forward to doing great things with the Chiefs."

Did you have an idea that the Chiefs may draft you?
"I felt good about everybody I talked to. I felt good about myself being a dominant player. I knew most of the teams I talked with would be really interested. Coach (Tim) Krumrie and I had a good time together. He taught me a lot of things and I am looking forward to playing with him."

Are you confident you can play in the NFL?
"I am very confident. I am ready to get to practice, learn my new techniques and learn a lot of things from my new coaches and get to bust some heads."

How much have you matured in college?
"I think I was mature before then, but a couple of days after that I really took a turn in my life. As far as the people I hang around with and how I view things changed. My life could have ended that night which people don't understand. I look at a lot of things different and I don't take things for granted. I thank God for every second I am breathing and I think Him for my opportunity to be part of the NFL. I am ready to move on to the next stage. I am as mature as I can be. I have a long ways to go, but I am a grown man."

The learning experience may turn out to be good in the long run?
"It is going to turn out that way. A lot of the things that I have been through has helped me. There is nothing in front of me that I know I am not ready for. I am a made man. I am built from a lot of things I have been through. I haven't experienced that people around me haven't been through that they cannot tell me about it."

President/General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Carl Peterson: "Tank Tyler is another young man who we brought in this past week to visit with. All three of the guys we selected visited here. I personally was at his workout and there was certainly unanimity on this decision because he was the highest guy we had rated at that pick.

"We've addressed another need. We felt we would like to possibly get a couple of defensive linemen in the draft and we've done that. I think it gives us a very good corps of young players along with unrestricted free agents we signed."

Head Coach Herm Edwards: "This is a guy that when you watch him on tape you like how physical he played and how tough he played. He's an inside guy who can play over the guard or the center. This all of a sudden allows us to get our tackles in order with a good steady mix of who's going to play tackle and who's going to play end. We have the luxury at the end of the day to dress eight defensive linemen and have a great rotation.

"He's a penetrator and makes plays in the backfield. He's a guy we liked, plays with a real good motor and can help us. He was the player that we had ranked as the highest on our board and we stayed with our board. He was still sitting there and we thought he could help us."

Vice President of Player Personnel Bill Kuharich: "I had an opportunity to see him live against Clemson and he played very well. He's very strong with a 42 bench press. He's disruptive and can play on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Once again, he was the highest player left. We had a couple of guys left at different positions but as we said at our pre-draft meeting we're going to stick with our board.

"This guy played on a defense last year with Mario Williams and Manny Lawson and another first round draft pick."

Does this guy have a good motor?
"As you watch NC State play, whether it be the linemen or the linebackers or the secondary, every time you watched you noticed that these guys really run to the ball. That's how they play.

"Now, this guy is a no-nonsense guy. He's going to come to work. This guy is coming in here to win a job. That's his makeup. That's what he believes in. He's about business and about football and about playing at a high, high level. He's very, very strong. He's a gap player. He can hit the gap and get on the other side of the line of scrimmage."

Does getting him change your plans for McBride?
"Now, you can just leave McBride at end if you want and it can help you. You now have four ends and four tackles. It'll be kind of interesting how we practice. Our offensive linemen better be ready because these guys are going to come off the ball now. We're going to get a good picture."

Did you talk about the trouble he got into?
"We talked with his former head coach who is a 25-year friend of mine. We discussed all of that. I think the explanation was understandable and he suffered a suspension. But the legal aspect has been cleared up. He lost his composure. It was a learning experience and I think he answered that for us very well. We heard coach's explanation as well. We needed to look at and we did."

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