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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Forrest Rhyne, LB, Villanova University

Forrest Rhyne Villanova
Villanova linebacker Forrest Rhyne is a smart football player with great instincts. He will be on NFL scouts minds with a solid season for Nova in 2020.

Forrest Rhyne played high school football under head coach Brennan Marion, he is one of my favorite coaches out there. He is Hawaii’s wide receivers coach now, and just landed one of the top wide receiver prospects in the country, in Rico Bussey Jr. I was told two years ago to keep my eye on Rhyne from Marion. Marion told me he was one of the hardest workers in high school and not much has changed.

I watched Rhyne last season and I was blown away. The kid has a never ending motor. The 6010 , 225 pound Waynesboro, Pennsylvania native blew up in 2019. He finished the season with 116 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. I watched the game of him against William and Mary where Coach Marion was on the sidelines of William and Mary as their offensive coordinator. Rhyne exploded for his best game of the year, racking up 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.


Rhyne is a captain of the Nova football team, and I am sure it is because of his brains and tenacity. Forrest is super smart, and was a recipient of the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award in 2018. He played in only 8 games in 2018 but still found a way to finish the season with 16 tackles.

In his first few years at Villanova he was used sparingly, but last year, Rhyne showed everyone that he deserved to be on the field all the time.

I expect a huge season from Rhyne in 2020. I am going to go out on a limb and say he will lead the CAA in tackles, and finish the season with 9 plus sacks. I think he will break those expectations.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report:

Forrest Rhyne is a smart, athletic and physical specimen. I love his ability to get after the ball carrier. He never slows down, and wants to win. You can see his never give up attitude on film. I think the 6010, 225 pound native will impress in 2020. He is a natural leader and someone I feel will get to play in an All-Star game at the end of the year. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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