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2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Mike Matthews, C, Texas A&M

2016 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Mike Matthews, C, Texas A&M
By Lijah Spencer (@tweaked74)

Tonight we look at a player who comes from a long line of quality NFL players, and he may be the next in line. As always these notes are based on previous year’s film and will precede the full scouting report which will come after I can view games from the upcoming season. Here are my notes:

Mike Matthews. 6’2, 290 Lbs. Center, Texas A&M, (Senior)

The Positives

1) Decent NFL size

2) Good use of hands

3) Plays with good leverage

The Negatives

1) Has ok footwork, but it can be improved

2) Needs to play with better power

Mike Matthews is the next in a long line of NFL players. His father is Hall of famer Bruce Matthews, his brother Kevin, uncle Clay Matthews Jr, and cousins Clay Matthews III and Casey Matthews all have or currently do play in the NFL. Mike is a quality center with decent NFL size. He uses his hands very well at the point of contact and he plays with good leverage. His footwork is decent but could be improved, and he needs to play with better power. Mike has shown the ability to play through injury, having played part of a season on a broken foot. He also is an intelligent player with the ability to call out coverages and blitzes when appropriate. With another solid season this year and an improvement in his technique, he should be in the mix to be drafted in the early to mid-rounds of the NFL draft.

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