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3 things to know about tackle Tommy Doyle


The Buffalo Bills selected offensive tackle Tommy Doyle with the 17th pick of the fifth round (161st overall) during Day 3 of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

Here are five things to know.

1. Recognized for a shortened season

Miami (Ohio) only played three games in 2020 due to COVID-19. Doyle started all three games as a redshirt senior and earned first-team All-MAC honors.

Doyle was also first-team All-MAC in 2019, when he started all 13 games at left tackle for an offensive line that allowed just two sacks per game. He was also named as one of the MAC's Offensive Power Players of the Year and earned Academic All-MAC honors.

2. The 6-foot-8 club

Doyle is listed at the same height as offensive tackle Spencer Brown, whom the Bills selected during the third round on Friday.

3. A hockey background

Doyle grew up in Edina, Minnesota a town known more for producing draft picks in hockey than football. He played both sports in high school and was initially drawn more toward hockey, until his size made football the clear choice.

He initially hoped to play defensive end in college before transitioning to the offensive line.

"The transition was hard," he told WCPO. "Switching positions was difficult at first. You can be more reckless on the defensive line, just play hard with your head down with some technique and you can still make plays. Offensive line is a lot of fundamentals, technique, more of a mental game. Had to stay balanced."