Matt might be one of the smartest defensive linemen in this draft. He is
deceivingly quick and has surprising strength in both his lower and upper body.
This, along with excellent leverage helps him change the line of scrimmage to
his advantage on almost every play. He is stout against the run handling double
teams with ease that allows others on the line and in the linebacker positions
to run free and make plays. Matt reminds me a lot of the Buffalo Bills DT Kevin
Williams. He has the balance and quick feet to go along with a variety of mature
pass rushing techniques to impact right away for the team that drafts him. Matt
is a sleeper defensive lineman in this draft with the ability to play in any
style of defensive front but his impact position will be playing over the left
guard in a 4-3 defense.
Matt lacks the length and change of direction skills to rush the passer from the
outside and turn the corner to make sacks. However, from the inside, he gives
guards and centers all that they can handle and if you make a mistake he will
make you pay.
TALENT BOARD ROUND: 1
Mattís body type and athletic limitations suggest heís not perfect, but this kid
can play football. What I like about him is that if he plays on the nose in
passing situations, he will push the pocket and get his hands up to knock passes
down at the line. He does this more than any other lineman I have seen coming
out of college, which shows the football intelligence that he possesses. Heís
very quick and will do an excellent job shedding blocks and making tackles in
the hole. He is quick enough to defeat the double team off the snap of the ball
and he has the balance and foot speed to disrupt plays and make sacks or tackles
for loss. I suspect there will be all sorts of excuses you will get from the
experts to downgrade Matt. You will hear things like there is not much upside to
his game, not enough athleticism, has short arms and more. However, all of those
will have no affect on Mattís ability to play and impact at the next level. This
is a well coached player, in fact the whole defense is coached very well and the
players coming from this program are football smart. I think Matt will become a
core player for the team that selects him and, in the right system, an impact
player. Heís what I call a 4th quarter player because when all others are tired
and ready to give up, Matt will make a play to bring the teamís momentum back.
My guess is that unless Matt wows the scouts at the Senior Bowl and at the
combine, he might not be selected as early as I suggest. So look at Robís board
to see what round he will most likely will be selected in. But no matter what
round he is selected, be happy your team selected him because Matt will be the
type of football player your team needs to become a playoff team.