Cliff Matthews scouting report

Cliff Matthews DE South Carolina
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 257

Adequate size. A decent athlete; plays faster than his timed speed. Quick off the snap and shows the ability to get into the backfield fairly consistently. Team captain.
May lack the passion to excel in the NFL; chose not to respond to his invitation to the East-West Shrine game – a very questionable decision which raises a big red flag. Missed time with a shoulder injury in 2009. Lacks an array of pass rush moves; relies on his speed which is average at best by NFL standards.
Matthews has NFL potential, but teams will definitely want to know more about his decision to skip the East-West Shrine Game. Aside from an injury or family situation, there really isn’t a good reason not to showcase your talents in front of scouts, coaches and executives from all 32 teams. Depending on how he responded in interviews, I would not be shocked if some teams removed him from their draft board as a result. Based purely on talent, he has the potential to be a solid backup lineman and may be able to transition to linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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