Andy Mattingly, OLB, Washington State

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Andy Mattingly, OLB, Washington State

Postby Pudge » Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:19 pm

Washington State Senior
40: 4.72 (Campus)

PROS: Capable pass rusher that does his best work coming off the edge. Able to make plays on the backside pursuit with good straight-line speed and burst. Is a capable wrap tackler that works as a drag-down guy.
CONS: Lacks speed and burst to make plays in space. Overpursues and misses stops in the open field because of lack of burst, and good ability to change direction. Has poor hips and struggles in man coverage, and lacks the burst to really be a factor in zone either. Lacks pop as a tackler. Struggles to make stops at the point of attack and doesn't do a good job getting off blocks and tends to try and run around them. Gets stuck in traffic.
OVERVIEW: His pass rush potential is his best asset. Had 8 sacks as a sophomore, but only 1 the past two years, and none this past year despite being a starter. Played both end and outside linebacker during the past three years.
NFL FORECAST: In a 3-4 scheme, he has a chance to stick as a reserve if he can impress a team as a pass rusher. But his inability to make impact plays vs. the run or in coverage will limit his ability. He'll have to shine early on special teams, and even so at best you're talking about only an average reserve. I can see him sticking for a few years on some practice squads and bouncing around as a camp body on a lot of 3-4 teams, but it's hard to see him really sticking long-term as a backup just because he's fairly one-dimensional.
ATL FORECAST: He might get a look in Falcons camp because he can bring some pressure off the edge as a backup strongside linebacker. But he is too limited in coverage and run support to think he'll make the roster over someone like Adkins. He's a practice squad player at best that only sticks in Atlanta unless they really like his special teams potential.
VALUE: He's not worth a draft pick, but should be brought to camp.
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