Julie dubbed Tyler, who is from Rossford, OH, but currently resides in Hilton Head, SC, her "one to watch" this season.
As fans recall, Tyler won the first Head of Household competition. He nominated outsiders Sam Bledsoe and Steve Arienta for eviction, and during Thursday night's episode on CBS, the houseguests sent Steve packing from the game.
"He's been playing the game, and he's been playing it well, and he has no enemies," Julie noted, referencing how Tyler has made friends in both of the two major alliances, not to mention he befriended and comforted Sam and Kaitlyn Herman when they felt alone in the game.
Taylor's HoH reign only lasted 13 days, but he's off to a strong start on Big Brother.
"He's likable, he's believable, he's playing all sides of the house, but not in this unlikable, slimy way. He's doing it in a smart way -- he also has side Final 2 deals with, like, four people?" Julie told ET.
"And I think only one of the people are in the Level 6 alliance! So, he has his bases covered, and no one was bent out of shape because of his HOH nominations, and he didn't have to nominate another person, because Power of Veto was not used."
Julie elaborated, "He's keeping his lies straight. He's a lot smarter -- you know, when he first moved in, I was like, 'Oh, he's Sean Penn's character, Spicoli, from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.' But that's not the case at all, and I think, outside of the house, he strikes me as someone who's a good person. Anyone who wants to save the oceans cannot be a bad guy."
Julie's second pick to win the whole thing is Sam, a 27-year-old welder from Stuarts Draft, VA, who played the beginning of the game as a robot thanks to a punishment resulting from her last-place finish in the very first competition of the summer.
"She's been holding her own, and she hasn't even been in the house as herself!" Julie explained.
"Now, we know she's good at competitions. This woman is a welder, she's fearless. She's not too precious to get in there. She's a fighter, so she's definitely one to watch."
Julie also pointed out Sam performed excellently in Wednesday night's Power of Veto competition, when she had to put her hands into a tank filled with snakes to retrieve "like" icons.
"She was so good in the competition... Snakes, no problem. Freezing cold water, one-handed, nose-plug swim? She was great, and the girls were like, 'She's a beast,'" Julie reasoned.
"So, on the one hand you're like, 'Oh! I respect that. Now do I want to target her for it, or do I want to get in an alliance?' We shall see. She's certainly likable."
Julie also noted there was a silver lining to Sam's robot punishment.
"If she wasn't a robot for half the time in the house, I'm not so sure she would've been the most trending houseguest. Because most trending isn't about most popular, and least trending isn't about most disliked. Everyone was buzzing about her because she got saddled with that," Julie told ET.
Because she was the top-trending houseguest this past week, she received a "Bonus Life" advantage in which she'll be able to return to the game if evicted.