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Grade
5.36 ?
  • 4.82 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'4" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 257LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Matthews is a high-energy guy with great hands who will be able to serve as a backup 4-3 strongside defensive end. His ceiling is limited due to lack of power to be productive against the run and explosiveness to rush the quarterback. Uses his hands extremely well against the run and pass to keep blockers off his body and to disengage and uses the swim move to counter. Susceptible to being blown off the ball by the double-team or walled off by physical run blockers. Not overly comfortable in coverage or out in space. Still, Matthews' motor will land him in the middle rounds.

Analysis

Strengths

Matthews is an experienced, productive defensive end. Good height and length . Try-hard pass rusher who uses his hands to stay of blockers. Shows the ability to push the pocket. Active hands against the run too, disengages quickly and can find the football. Has a motor that doesn't stop.

Weaknesses

Doesn't possess the natural athleticism, fluidity and closing burst to consistently pressure the passer. Hips and flexibility are below average. Lacks the lower body power to effectively anchor against the run. Can't hold up against the double-team. Doesn't appear capable playing much in coverage.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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