Father was an offensive tackle at Miami (1983-87) and was drafted by the Eagles in the third round of the 1988 draft. Matt was a USA Today All-American and highly regarded defensive end-left tackle out of Florida. Suffered soft tissue damage in May '08 when he was shot in the shoulder -- was a bystander at a park when a man shot into a crowd. In the fall, began his college career at the University of Florida, where he was recruited as a defensive lineman and played 11 games (one start), recording seven tackles, one tackle for loss and 1.5 sacks. Switched to offensive tackle in '09 -- played the first four games before suffering a torn right ACL (received a medical hardship, preserving a year of eligibility). Was sidelined in '10 after fracturing his right wrist during fall camp (had a second surgery in November). Played 12 games in '11, starting the final seven at right tackle -- did not play in the Gator Bowl against Ohio State (back). Tore a pectoral muscle during summer lifting and missed the '12 season. Transferred to BC to play for Steve Addazio, his position coach at UF, and was healthy enough to start all 13 games at left tackle for the Eagles.
Fires out of his stance. Effective with an angle. Good foot speed when asked to pull or get to the second level. Functional kick-slide. Flashes a strong punch. Aggressive and competitive. Has tools to work with. Led all offensive linemen at the combine with a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump.
Short arms. Lacks ideal bulk and core strength -- lengthy injury history has stunted physical development. Gets walked back. Limited hip snap -- does not generate power. Hand use needs work. Inconsistent leverage. Bends at the waist. Balance issues. Inconsistent body control on the move -- struggles to connect and sustain. Has underachiever traits and thinks hes better than he is. Will be a 24-year-old rookie.
Patchan's lone season at BC was the first of his career in which he was a healthy, full-time starter. Hes a tall, stiff, linear, zone blocker whose relatively short wingspan dictates a shift to guard, though he isn't ideally suited for the interior given his core strength deficiency and wobbly base. Must dedicate himself to the weight room and the practice field and tap into the raw ability that made him a highly sought after recruit in order to have longevity.