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With the 100th pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders selected Clemson safety and linebacker Tanner Muse.
A third-team All American honoree by the Associated Press, Muse was as productive as they come in 2019. Muse finished last season with 55 tackles (6 tackles for loss) and four interceptions. Muse finishes with Clemson career with 192 total tackles (10.5 for loss) and 7 interceptions.
Muse’s best trait is his versatility. Muse primarily played safety at Clemson but his best fit in the NFL is probably as a 4-3 outside linebacker. Muse has terrific urgency and speed, allowing him to chase down players and make big-time plays when necessary. Although it’s hard to project what he becomes, his role in Brent Venables’ defense is intriguing.
Muse isn’t the most fluid with hips and his overall flexbility isn’t present but the play makes him an intriguing player. Even if Muse is a 4-3 outside linebacker at the next level, there’s the possibility of him playing safety when necessary. His versatility is ultimately the best trait a player like Muse can provide.
What the Analysts Say:
Slow-footed safety with hybrid linebacker tendencies. Muse plays with tight, restricted movement that lacks necessary fluidity to handle coverage duties as an NFL safety and he’ll likely be asked to slide into a full-time linebacker role. He already has linebacker size and his frame should be able to handle additional weight if needed. -Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
The Raiders will likely make Muse a linebacker and it’s a solid fit. Muse likely fits as a rotational outside linebacker in the beginning, especially with the Raiders’ priority towards linebackers in the off-season. With the proper development, Muse has the potential to be a solid starter but not ever a superstar. While it’s unknown if he plays safety at all, there’s the possibility that he’s a rotational safety in certain sets.