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TJ Tampa, Iowa St

2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: TJ Tampa, CB, Iowa St


Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: TJ Tampa, a cornerback out of Iowa State. He is from St. Petersburg, Florida and was not recruited from Lakewood High School.

Tampa appeared in only 4 games as a freshman at Iowas State. In that limited playing time, he accumulated 3 solo tackles, 2 assists and 1 tackle for loss. It was far from a breakout campaign, most of his value came in the special teams game.

As a sophomore in 2021, he appeared in 9 games and made a marginal impact on the defensive side of the ball where he totalled 17 solo tackles, 1 assist, 0.5 tackles for loss and 3 passes defended.

His junior season of 2021 saw his breakout arrive. He finally made an impact on defence when he appeared in 12 games. During his first full-time action, he racked up 30 solo tackles, 10 assists, 3 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 7 passes defended.

In 2023 as a senior, he improved his production even further. He piled up 33 solo tackles, 11 assists, 3 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions and 7 passes defended.


Measurables

Height: 6’2” (92nd-percentile)                                 

Weight: 200 lbs (79th-percentile)

Age: 21.1                                                      

Class: Senior


NCAA Statistics

Defense & Fumbles Table
    Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2020 Iowa State Big 12 FR UT 4 3 2 5 1.0 0.0 0 0   0 0 0     0
*2021 Iowa State Big 12 SO DB 9 17 1 18 0.5 0.0 0 0   0 3 0     0
2022 Iowa State Big 12 JR   12 30 10 40 5.0 0.0 1 0 0.0 0 9 0 0 0 1
*2023 Iowa State Big 12 SR DB 12 33 11 44 3.0 0.0 2 1 0.5 0 7 0 0 0 0
Career Iowa State         83 24 107 9.5 0.0 3 1 0.3 0 19 0 0 0 1
Provided by CFB at Sports ReferenceView Original Table
Generated 2/7/2024.

 

Scouting Reports

Strengths

  • Has great size and strength for a cornerback and plays even bigger than he is.
  • Quick acceleration and great lateral agility allow him to be very versatile.
  • Excellent positioning and ball skills in all areas of the field.
  • Is versatile enough to play in any defensive scheme and has a great ability to read the play due to his history of playing both sides of the ball.

Weaknesses

  • Has an inconsistent pad level and often struggles to get into the right position.
  • He often misses open-field tackles and needs to work on his overall tackling technique.
  • Is aggressive in his play style and often leaves himself vulnerable to the big play.
  • Needs to refine his hand-fighting techniques while tracking the deep ball.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Mid-to-Late 2nd Round

Ideal Landing Spot: Detroit Lions

TJ Tampa Iowa St
Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

If you’re a high-end cornerback, Detroit is where I want you to land. The Lions are starved for a talented young corner and Tampa could be the perfect fit. Add in the fact that he can be drafted on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft and he is an even better fit for the Lions.

Tampa would be a great fit for any team that needs a big, strong corner and wants to spend a second-round pick on it. He has limitless potential and could prove a great selection.