By: Ron Hiatt
What stands out right away when watching Jaylen Twyman are his quick first step, strong hands and relentless motor. Twyman was primarily used in the 4-3 scheme by Pitt, but is powerful and big enough to play NT in a rotation. He’s a load for any C or G to block one on one, as he has a nasty first punch and pulls cloth to swim past defenders (his favorite move), generating quick penetration. Twyman doesn’t get the most attention, with teammates Jones and Weaver garnering most of the spotlight.
Twyman recorded five games with one or more sacks, one of those games being a three-sack performance. He finished his final season at Pitt with 41 tackles (23 tackles solo), 10.5 sacks, and 2 passed batted down. He’ll be a great pass rusher in a rotation for the team that drafts him. Twyman needs to work on being more consistent with his pad level and footwork, but this is correctable with more coaching.
Overall, Twyman is a good Day Three player with a high ceiling who can be an immediate rotational DT with the right team and coaching.