Alexander Mattison

Boise State

Prospect Info

College
Boise State
Hometown
Class
CA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 11"
221 lbs
31”
Hands
9 1/8”

Prospect Grade

5.59
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Minnesota
Vikings
Round 3 ‧ Pick 39
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40 Yard Dash
4.67u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
35.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
127.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.13
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.29
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.69
Seconds
 

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Mattison became the latest running back to excel in Boise, earning first-team All-Mountain West Conference accolades in 2018. He finished in the top 10 nationally in rushes (302), rushing yards (1,415), and rushing touchdowns (17) as a junior for the Broncos. In the MWC Championship Game loss to Fresno State, he carried the ball 40 times for 200 yards and a score. League coaches awarded him honorable mention notice in 2017, as he covered 1,086 yards and scored a dozen times on 212 carries (5.1 average) in 14 games (nine starts). Mattison contributed as a true freshman, as well, playing in all 13 games (67-328-4.9, four TDs). He was a part of Boise's passing game during his three-year career, catching 60 passes for 511 yards (8.5) and one score. At San Bernardino High School, Mattison ran for over 2,000 yards as a junior and senior while also winning league titles in wrestling and the 110-meter hurdles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 4
NFL Comparison
Mike Gillislie
Overview
Productive, willful runner whose combination of functional patience and aggressive urgency helped him find his niche as an every-down workhorse. While he has the ability to create yards for himself with adequate elusiveness and power, he's not a slasher or banger by NFL standards and he lacks burst to produce chunk plays on a regular basis. Mattison is a jack-of-all-trades backup with the ability to step into a heavy-duty role if called upon. His talent as a pass-catcher could move him up the RB food-chain.
Strengths
  • Determined runner who can carry lively legs deep into games
  • Averaged 30 carries per game over final five in 2018 and thrived
  • Runs with above-average balance
  • Decisive running style
  • Leaped over open-field tacklers multiple times
  • Finds additional power as finisher near the goal line
  • Probes with good downhill urgency and finds the crease
  • Outstanding hands out of backfield
  • Adjusts to throws outside frame and has soft hands to absorb fastballs
  • Hits it upfield quickly after catch
  • Chip blocks have some bite
Weaknesses
  • Plays with a little bit of hip tightness
  • Multi-stepper to make lateral getaways
  • Prolonged open-field cuts
  • Does not appear to have a breakaway gear
  • Had just nine carries of 15-plus yards in 2018
  • Runs brave and takes too many direct hits
  • Not enough juice to turn play-side corners on stretch plays
  • Could use quicker recognition of pass-protection duties
  • Hand technique needs improvement as blocker
Sources Tell Us

"I think his best comparison is Alex Collins when he was coming out of Arkansas. He wasn't explosive but just got it done. That's how (Mattison) is." -- Running backs coach with NFC team
GRADE
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