By: Steve Johnson
Yetur Gross-Matos, Edge, Penn St.
6’5″ 266 lbs
34 7/8″ arms. 9 3/4″ hands 82 2/8″ wingspan
DNP 40 34″ Vert. 120″ Broad Jump. 20 Bench Reps.
DNP 3 Cone Drill DNP 20 yard Shuttle
2017: 10 games. 17 tackles, 2 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 FR
2018: 13 games. 54 tackles, 20 TFL, 8 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR
2019: 11 games. 40 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 9 sacks,
Accolades: 2018 First-team All-Big Ten, 2019 First-team All-Big Ten
History: Four-star recruit from Fredericksburg, VA. Attended Chancellor High School, where he was USA Today All-State as a senior. Also played basketball and ran track.
Strengths: Great size and length (over 7′ wingspan). Has the room to grow out his frame/get stronger. Above average short area quickness, and change of direction. Gets up field quickly with long strides. Pursuit is a huge plus. Has a great tackle radius, due to the combination of quick feet and his length. Does a better job setting the edge than you’d expect, and will only get better as he gets stronger.
Weaknesses: Still very raw as a pass rusher. Far from a hand technician, gets held up on blocks too easily. Motor is a little inconsistent, needs to have a better sense of urgency as a rusher. Although impressive get off, his timing is off far too often. Lacks some natural bend/dip.
Overview: Gross-Matos best fits as a strong side d-end in a 40 front. I’m not as high on him as I thought I’d be. He has day one starter potential, but he is still very much a raw prospect. A lot of his weaknesses are coachable issues and I think someone will take a chance on him in R1.
Evaluation based on games. PUR 19′, OSU 19′
Draft Projection: Late 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 6.19
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