Cliff Matthews Scouting Report
Cliff Matthews
Cliff Matthews - South Carolina (HT: 6-4 - WT: 268)
Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 20 of 55


Positives: Natural athlete... Very good speed... Talented pass rusher... Reasonably good burst off the edge... Good short-area quickness... Bends the corner well... Good flexibility and body control... Long arms... Does a good job containing the redirected backside run... Will pursue the action... Good range... Changes direction well... Good tackler... Takes good angles... Relentless... Hard worker... Good motor... Has some experience dropping into coverage... Started as OLB at South Carolina in 2007... Best fits as outside linebacker in 3-4 scheme... Fluid hips... Good awareness... Can make some big plays for a defense... No character concerns... Team captain... Has a lot of potential... Has missed just one game in four seasons (left shoulder injury, 2009).

Negatives: Does not get off blocks very well... Not real strong at POA... Gets a little too aggressive and will overrun plays... Gets too upright versus the run... Can be walked away from the action... Would need to add bulk to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme... More of an athlete than football player... A bit of a boom or bust prospect... Appears to lack passion... Did not respond to East-West Shrine game invite... Looked faster and more explosive during his junior season.

    Defense
Season Team   TOT SOL AST TFL SK FF INT BK TD
Totals   149 108 41 26 15½ 7 0 1 0
2007 South Carolina   26 20 6 2 0 0 0 1 0
2008 South Carolina   32 23 9 3 0 0 0 0
2009 South Carolina   47 35 12 10 7 3 0 0 0
2010 South Carolina   44 30 14 4 0 0 0





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