Photo of Matthew Paradis
Drafted By: Broncos

Combine Results

5.09 ?
  • 5.34 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 26.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 103.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.46 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Paradis is a very good football player. He's tough and hard-nosed. He just lacks the ideal size to be an NFL center." -- Gil Brandt

  • 6'3" Height
  • 32 3/8" Arm Length
  • 306LBS. Weight
  • 9 7/8" Hands


Grew up on an Idaho farm. Played eight-man football in high school, won a state championship and was named Idaho's 1A Player of the Year award. Also won a state discus championship and played basketball. Tore his left ACL in 2007. Was lightly recruited, walked on and grayshirted in '08. Redshirted as a defensive tackle in '09, earning Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year recognition. Saw action in only one game in '10. Earned a scholarship going into '11 when he converted to center and played eight games, drawing one start as an injury replacement. Stepped into the lineup and started all 25 games at center 2012-13.



Plays on his feet with good balance. Generates movement in the run game. Seeks to bury defenders. Strong 6-inch punch. Good hand placement. Firm base in pass protection. Plays with leverage to bend and slide. Alert to stunts and blitzes. Tough and competitive. Terrific intangibles, including leadership traits -- humble, hardworking and highly respected.


Is not big-framed and body is nearly maxed out. Could stand to improve weight-room strength. Average athlete for the position. Might be stressed by larger, more powerful wide-body nose tackles. Falls off blocks when he bends at the waist. Questionable long-term durability (hip).

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

A converted defensive lineman and former walk-on, Paradis is a stoutly built, intelligent, hard-nosed overachiever who will make it difficult for coaches to cut him.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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.