Photo of Matt Judon
Drafted By: Ravens
  • Round 5
  • Pick 7
  • Overall 146

Combine Results

Grade
5.29 ?
  • 4.73 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.67 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.52 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

In the pass-happy AFC North, pressuring the quarterback is essential. Judon dominated D2 competition flashing big time NFL pass rush traits. Suggs and Dumervil are in the twilight of their careers, so the emphasis on pass rushers in this draft isn't surprising. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 7/8" Arm Length
  • 275LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands

Overview

This Michigan native earned just about every honor he could for his play in 2015. He won the Gene Upshaw Trophy as Division II's top lineman and was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) Defensive Lineman of the Year and Associated Press Little All-American squad. He led all of college football with 20 sacks among his 23.5 tackles for loss, made 81 total tackles and forced three fumbles. Judon showed promise beating D2 tackles off the edge with length and speed as a junior, as well, winning first team All-GLIAC honors with 19 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. All of this success came after losing four games in the middle of the 2012 season (seven TFL, 3.5 sacks) and all but the first seven plays of the 2013 season with injuries.

Analysis

Strengths

Massive production after pulverizing his competition this year. Finished with 20 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Chiseled body with natural power baked into his compact frame and exceptionally long arms. Was too powerful for many of the tackles he faced. Rushes passer with a plan. Uses rip moves around the edge and ties an inside counter with it. Keeps track to the quarterback tight along the arc. Has inside club move to clear up space.

Weaknesses

Square shouldered rusher who can be run up and around the quarterback by tackles with decent feet and strength. Will miss out on some finishes due to some lower body stiffness. Cruises along without making proper use of hands. Level of competition along offensive line is substantially lower than what he will see in pros. Tore an ACL two years ago and missed East-West Shrine Game invitation due to "tweaked meniscus."

Draft Projection

Round 5

NFL Comparison

Ryan Delaire

Bottom Line

Small-school wonder with monster production over the last two seasons despite an admitted stretch of "timidness" after returning from an ACL tear that robbed him off his 2013 season. Judon has an NFL frame and rushes the quarterback with a plan, but he is still very raw from a technical standpoint and is still a project at this juncture. Judon has enough talent to warrant a draft pick, but will need time to find his way as a pro.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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