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Cliff Matthews (DL)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    257 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    South Carolina
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Atlanta Falcons
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 27 (230)

Pick Analysis: Matthews is limited in what he can do, but the Falcons will try to get all they can from him, as he has a high motor.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.82 sec
  • Bench Press17.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump32.0 inch
  • Broad Jump112.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.21 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.37 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
Buzz

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.


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.

Grade

5.3

 

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