Chicago Bears Draft Watch: Could Carson Wentz Be The Future?
Nov 21, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Temple Owls linebacker Tyler Matakevich (8) reacts after a turnover on downs against the Memphis Tigers at Lincoln Financial Field. The Temple Owls won 31-12. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Matchup: Temple At Houston – Saturday, December 5th – 11 A.M. CT – ABC
Pro Comparison: Ben Heeney
Projection: Round 3-4
Pure effort, instinctual, and fundamental player. Absolute bulldog in the pile, and does not like being blocked. Sheds blockers quickly by extending his arms. Uses strength to gain separation.
The leader of the Temple defense, Matakevich utilizes his wit to take direct angles in order to close in on ball carriers. Has a wicked first step that allows for him to not waste any movement when shooting the gap, but also is a timely blitzer.
Has another gear, and plays the game violently. Big time college production, including over 100 tackles in three straight seasons. Plays zone coverage better than expected, and does a good job of sticking with his assignment downfield.
Lacks ideal height, and is not the most gifted athlete. More of a fundamental type player than a quick twitch physical specimen.
Can play the game reckless at times, which can lead to missed gap assignments. Lack of size makes him a non-existent threat for pass deflections, and can get swallowed up at times by larger offensive lineman.
Why It Makes Sense:
Matakevich could very well come in and be Vic Fangio’s Chris Borland 2.0. In a 3-4 base I see Matakevich fitting in better as an inside linebacker.
He very well could be a value pick, and bring some much needed physicality to a Bears defense that needs an identity. Why not make that identity a violent one?
Would give the Bears linebacking corps some much needed help in the coverage department, as Matakevich is sneaky good sticking with receivers in the flat.
Overall, Matakevich is a mid round selection that will polish off his collegiate career with many accolades and records. His lack of height and athleticism will allow for him to fall. The Bears should take advantage of this diamond in the rough.