Cliff Matthews scouting report

Cliff Matthews DE South Carolina
Ht: 6’4″

Wt: 257

Strengths:
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.
Weaknesses:
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.
Comments:
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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