Height: 6-0 | Weight: 190 | Number: #29 | Class: 2019 (SR) | Hometown: Durham, NC | High School: Southern Durham | Birthdate: February 7, 1997 | Agent: Premier Athlete Advisors | Trainer: 615 Sports Training | Twitter: @Marvin_Who
OVERVIEW: An All-SoCon Second Team selection, Tillman flies to the football and collected at least six tackles in every game except one this past season. He could really thrive on special teams as a gunner with his play mentality and straight line speed, as he continues his overall development. Likely a priority free agent with a chance to be a late round selection if he interviews and tests well leading up to the draft.
PROS: Aggressive player, who is not afraid to mix it up and get his nose dirty. Well built with long arms and a lean frame. He possesses excellent movement skills and is constantly swarming to the football. Shows good ball instincts when covering in zone and is able to read and react to plays very quickly. Covers a tremendous amount of ground laterally, plus the skill-set and experience to play either safety position.
CONS: Will need to work on becoming a better wrap-up tackler, rather than making body tackles. Has room to bulk up and will need additional lower body strength as he jumps up to pro level. Needs to take better angles in run pursuit and not be over-aggressive.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “I do like his ability to see a play and move quickly to the ball, he doesn’t play with fear for a smaller player.” – Anonymous NFL Scout
COMPARISON: Kemal Ishmael, Atlanta Falcons – Undersized safety who gets by with grit, savvy and toughness, plus additional value as a special teams player.
PERSONAL: Was born in Bridgeport, CT. Son of Marvin, Sr. and Teresa Tillman, his father played semi-pro football. Has four siblings: Tiaundra, Tiara, Jessikia and Ariana, two of his sisters competed in collegiate sports.
CAREER: Finished with 297 career tackles (169 solo), eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 42 games played (25 starts). In 2018, he totaled 94 tackles (59 solo), three passes defended, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 11 games. In 2017, he registered 96 tackles (53 solo), five interceptions, three passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 10 games. In 2016, he collected 60 tackles (31 solo), with four passes defended and one fumble recovery. In 2015, he tallied 47 tackles (26 solo) and one interception.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-star recruit. Three-time All-Big 8 Conference selection including honorable mention as a sophomore. Recorded 73 tackles as a senior and forced four fumbles, recovering three. Finished with 14 career interceptions including seven as a senior. Scored six touchdowns over his final two seasons. Was a part of back-to-back conference championships and a 3-AA state title as a junior. High school coach was Darius Robinson. He also played basketball.