Sylve was mostly a backup and special teams contributor while playing for the Crimson Tide. He played in 15 games over his career totaling 40 tackles and 7 passes defended. As a junior he was one of four Alabama players to win Special Teams Players of the Year. Coming out of Alabama, Sylve was not expected to get drafted, but was expected to get a shot in the league. Unfortunately, just one day prior to Alabama’s Pro Day, he tore his Achilles.
Sylve’s largest asset is his speed. In addition to playing football, he also ran track at Alabama and was a three-time Louisiana high school state champion in the 100m and 200m. In the February leading up to the devastating injury he was clocked running the 40 at 4.27. That would be just five hundredths of a second slower than current 40 yard dash title belt holder, John Ross.
We all know Doug Whaley’s love for track stars and talents from powerhouse schools. Sylve checks both of those boxes. He may not amount to anything more than a practice-squad player, but if his elite speed is still intact he might be able to make an impact in NFL.