North Dakota State
Games Evaluated: 2019 South Dakota State, Butler, Illinois State, East-West Shrine
Report By: Jack Bourgeois
Tuszka is a polished edge defender with an arsenal of pass rush moves. His first step is extremely explosive and he's consistently the first player off of his stance on the snap. He has a super high motor and often wins with 2nd and 3rd effort. He's got power in his hands that allow him to shed blockers and he consistently wins the hand fighting battle.
Derrek's tackling in the run game is very suspect. His overly aggressive nature often results in missed tackles and struggles when squared up with shifty backs. His game does not translate as a run defender and struggles to disengage against powerful run blockers.
Derrek Tuszka is likely a rotational pass rusher at the next level. His offensive tackle competition and lack of opposing talent is something that will have teams wary about taking Derrek and earlier than day 3 but his pass-rush ability can't be denied. His polished edge technique was showcased in 2019 with 13.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss at North Dakota State. If Tuzka can evolve his game and grow into an every-down edge defender, he has starter potential but can at least make an impact on special teams and passing downs. Draft Stock: Day 3 (Rounds 4-6) Team Fits: Bills, Cardinals, Patriots Player Comp: Chase Winovich