Biography: First year starter last season who tallied 44/12.5/3.5 on his way to winning All-Conference honors. Junior totals included 12 tackles as a backup.
Positives: Explosive one-gap lineman effective making plays in every direction of the field. Quickly gets off the snap, fluid changing direction and effective in back side pursuit. Easily gets out to the flanks and plays with both leverage and knee bend.
Negatives: Undersized, handled at the point by single blocker and very slow to shed.
Analysis: Mathews is a hard-working lineman who really watched his game take off last season. He has size limitations yet is athletic enough to be used as either a one-gap lineman or in the three technique position.
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