A physical presence who can line up… Watch how much faster he is to get off of the ball than any other Cougar on the defensive line. Teams with a need at the position: Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Will have to learn leverage and responsibilities as an edge rusher.

He's up to 275 now," Zimmer said.

"He's really embraced it. He times it well, he uses low leverage and his legs to explode off of the ball and get into the backfield. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'7liKc5v4SbpAUhNDa4NMgg',sig:'rH9sNJQdaOGSGDwhYzRZENHhuetCh6099_tFy3XnTyM=',w:'594px',h:'406px',items:'927288876',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Your email address will not be published. Hercules Mata’afa grew up in Lahaina, HI and became a dual-sport athlete while attending Lahainaluna High School. The transition wasn't as smooth as everyone hopes, so the Vikings rotated him between defensive end and the 3-technqiue during OTAs in 2018. Position: Edge rusher/outside linebacker Bench press: 26 reps (third amongst edge rushers) • Named to USA TODAY's Sports Freshman All-America 1st Team after leading WSU in sacks and ranking 4th in the Pac-12. He's very active.".

Mata'afa brushed the praise aside earlier this week and said he's just happy to have found a spot as a 3-technqiue defensive tackle, a position where he believes he can flourish. Despite his lack of size, Mata’afa was still able to produce big numbers at the collegiate level which suggests he can make an impact in the NFL as well. Hercules Mata’afa explodes off of the football. Any team that is in need of edge rusher depth should have an interest in Mata’afa on day three of the draft. 40-yard dash: 4.76 seconds

Height: 6’1″ The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. "He has put on some good girth, and it really hasn't affected his play. • Set a Washington State single-season record with 22.5 TFL. However, due to his size, he projects to the NFL as an edge setter.

Bleacher Report thinks Mata’afa could emerge as a star for the Vikings. I am where I am and I'm happy to be here.".

With nothing left to prove in college, the All-American defensive tackle is hoping someone will see his fit in their scheme. Doesn’t have the film to display an arsenal of pass rush moves.

The Vikings have struggled to keep possession, at an almost comical rate. Hercules Mata’afa tweeted a photo of himself weighing 289 pounds this offseason. Minimal experience in coverage. With that said, he is going to have to deal with strength. Background: From Lahaina, Hawaii. Despite the big sack numbers, he was ranked Hawaii’s fourth-best prospect by Rivals.com and was only offered two Power Five scholarships. With Mata'afa weighing a hair over 250 pounds, Minnesota tried him at linebacker during rookie minicamp. https://vikingswire.usatoday.com/2020/06/27/minnesota-dt-hercules-mataafa-listed-as-potential-surprise-star/, Bridgewater's solid game not enough for win vs. Saints, Rodgers lights up Texans, Packers move to 5-1, Lions stun Falcons with last-second comeback, Report: Vikings 'very open' to moving some key veterans, There's a world in which Sam Darnold makes sense for the Vikings, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. He has to be put into situations to highlight his skill set and cannot be miscast by his college position. The Minnesota Vikings came into the season wonder who was going to take over at 3-technique defensive tackle. Verdict:  Mata’afa is a pure projection pick. • Placed on IR after sustaining an injury in offseason workouts. The added weight might help him compete for more playing time. "Getting used to the new scheme is something I'm working on. I can here it now after a sack.

Asked about why the offense is struggling, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said "I'm not sure why exactly. DT; Junior; 6-2¼, 254 lbs; Washington St; Scouts Grade; Position Rank ; Overall Rank; Arm Length 31-1/2" Hand Size 10-1/4" 40-YD Dash 4.76; Conference TBD; 2017 NCAA Football Stats.

Leonard Floyd, known for being thinner framed is about the same weight as this former nose tackle. The Vikings fell to 0-2 when they lost to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Hercules Mata'afa. Mata'afa decided to skip his senior year to enter the 2018 NFL Draft off those numbers. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. As a junior, he totaled 43 tackles with 21.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. On top of that, his foot quickness shows in that the team is very willing to drop him into coverage and to have him spy quarterbacks from the middle of the field. Sets a hard edge with good technique. He finished fourth in the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss and led the Pac-12 with 10.5 sacks. Is Hercules Mata’afa on the Chicago Bears radar in the 2018 NFL draft? Learn how your comment data is processed. gets driven back when he doesn’t win with initial speed; lacks a full repertoire of pass-rushing moves; relies too much on quickness to win the battle; lacks the athleticism to transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker; not enough size to play interior lineman on non-passing downs. Highly productive. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. I'm playing where I feel comfortable at," Mata'afa said. A guy who can come in and be a relentless force is Hercules Mata’afa. There are a few silver linings, but for the most part, if Minnesota doesn't make a lot of adjustments to its level of play, the team will be looking at a down year. Weight: 254 pounds Ideally, Mata’afa’s best fit is a pass rushing specialist in nickel or dime packages in obvious passing down situations. What’s to like: Lets start off with the obvious, what a great name. "We had a kid when I was in Cincinnati named Geno Atkins," Zimmer said. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He was named a Consensus All-American and was named Polynesian College Football Player of the Year all while helping Washington State to a 9-4 record, the team’s best finish since 2003. Please check your email for a confirmation. Sign up for the Vikings Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. Will need time to transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. That is light by edge player standards. What Chicago Bears Offense Might Look Like In 2018, 15 Best Free Agent Acquisitions of All-Time, Pistons’ Willie Reed Suspended Six Games for Domestic Violence, Philly Special: Eagles Borrowed Trick Play from Bears. Broad jump: 9 feet In his final season with the Cougars, Mata’afa began to get some national recognition. • Saw 1st career game action in 2019, notching 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 QB Hurries and a FR in the opening 2 games of the season. "I played 3-tech in college, so it's not new to be me, it's just different schemes," Mata'afa said. Also while he has the traits to transfer his skills, everything about him as an NFL player is based on projection.

© 2019 Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC , All Rights Reserved. Versatility is king in today’s NFL, which makes do-it-all prospects like Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa hot commodities on draft weekend. Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State – edge defender Mata’afa played a grand total of seven snaps this season outside the tackles, but tipping the scales around 250-pounds, the Washington State defender will have to end up there in the NFL. "It's good to be back. In the play below, he lines up in between the center and left guard. • Sister Gina-Bella is a water polo player at Durham University in the UK and younger sister Lalelei is a NFL Punt, Pass and Kick national champion. Hercules Mata’afa blew up statistically in his junior season with 10.5 coming from a defensive tackle position.

Should the Chicago Bears take the chance on the position change, and do his skills translate? To do so, the team will need to get a lot better in a short amount of time. Mata'afa will get his chance to shine in two months when training camp rolls around and the pads come on. The team is in an 0-2 hole to start the year. Three-cone drill: 7.24 seconds But we've got to get better fast," per Chad Graff of The Athletic. 2018 Draft Prospect Profile: EDGE Hercules Mata’afa written by Chris Nicolaou February 20, 2018 The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have many current needs, but one they may want to shore up in the future is outside linebacker. The rest of the group features young players such as Jaleel Johnson, Jalyn Holmes and 2019 sixth-round pick Armon Watts. At times, even slid in far enough to play so one-technique. Won’t wow you with athleticism. Will draw holding penalties by his ferocious style of play.

It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: DB Deionte... 2018 SCB Steelers Draft Preview: Tight Ends, Why the Pittsburgh Steelers are the Best Franchise in NFL History, Steelers History: From the Oilers to the Titans, From Humble Beginnings to Champions-How the Steelers Were Made, SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “Tackles for Loss” Edition. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. Much like Zimmer, Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards said earlier this week that Mata'afa has turned some heads as spring practices roll on. Keeps his outside arm free, forces runs inside to his help. Mata’afa uses this burst and a combination of violent hands to break plays up before they even start.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have many current needs, but one they may want to shore up in the future is outside linebacker. It is almost funny to think Mata’afa took snaps in the interior at all, let alone at the nose. • Named the 2017 AP Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in sacks (9.5) and TFL (21.5).

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A physical presence who can line up… Watch how much faster he is to get off of the ball than any other Cougar on the defensive line. Teams with a need at the position: Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Will have to learn leverage and responsibilities as an edge rusher.

He's up to 275 now," Zimmer said.

"He's really embraced it. He times it well, he uses low leverage and his legs to explode off of the ball and get into the backfield. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'7liKc5v4SbpAUhNDa4NMgg',sig:'rH9sNJQdaOGSGDwhYzRZENHhuetCh6099_tFy3XnTyM=',w:'594px',h:'406px',items:'927288876',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Your email address will not be published. Hercules Mata’afa grew up in Lahaina, HI and became a dual-sport athlete while attending Lahainaluna High School. The transition wasn't as smooth as everyone hopes, so the Vikings rotated him between defensive end and the 3-technqiue during OTAs in 2018. Position: Edge rusher/outside linebacker Bench press: 26 reps (third amongst edge rushers) • Named to USA TODAY's Sports Freshman All-America 1st Team after leading WSU in sacks and ranking 4th in the Pac-12. He's very active.".

Mata'afa brushed the praise aside earlier this week and said he's just happy to have found a spot as a 3-technqiue defensive tackle, a position where he believes he can flourish. Despite his lack of size, Mata’afa was still able to produce big numbers at the collegiate level which suggests he can make an impact in the NFL as well. Hercules Mata’afa explodes off of the football. Any team that is in need of edge rusher depth should have an interest in Mata’afa on day three of the draft. 40-yard dash: 4.76 seconds

Height: 6’1″ The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. "He has put on some good girth, and it really hasn't affected his play. • Set a Washington State single-season record with 22.5 TFL. However, due to his size, he projects to the NFL as an edge setter.

Bleacher Report thinks Mata’afa could emerge as a star for the Vikings. I am where I am and I'm happy to be here.".

With nothing left to prove in college, the All-American defensive tackle is hoping someone will see his fit in their scheme. Doesn’t have the film to display an arsenal of pass rush moves.

The Vikings have struggled to keep possession, at an almost comical rate. Hercules Mata’afa tweeted a photo of himself weighing 289 pounds this offseason. Minimal experience in coverage. With that said, he is going to have to deal with strength. Background: From Lahaina, Hawaii. Despite the big sack numbers, he was ranked Hawaii’s fourth-best prospect by Rivals.com and was only offered two Power Five scholarships. With Mata'afa weighing a hair over 250 pounds, Minnesota tried him at linebacker during rookie minicamp. https://vikingswire.usatoday.com/2020/06/27/minnesota-dt-hercules-mataafa-listed-as-potential-surprise-star/, Bridgewater's solid game not enough for win vs. Saints, Rodgers lights up Texans, Packers move to 5-1, Lions stun Falcons with last-second comeback, Report: Vikings 'very open' to moving some key veterans, There's a world in which Sam Darnold makes sense for the Vikings, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. He has to be put into situations to highlight his skill set and cannot be miscast by his college position. The Minnesota Vikings came into the season wonder who was going to take over at 3-technique defensive tackle. Verdict:  Mata’afa is a pure projection pick. • Placed on IR after sustaining an injury in offseason workouts. The added weight might help him compete for more playing time. "Getting used to the new scheme is something I'm working on. I can here it now after a sack.

Asked about why the offense is struggling, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said "I'm not sure why exactly. DT; Junior; 6-2¼, 254 lbs; Washington St; Scouts Grade; Position Rank ; Overall Rank; Arm Length 31-1/2" Hand Size 10-1/4" 40-YD Dash 4.76; Conference TBD; 2017 NCAA Football Stats.

Leonard Floyd, known for being thinner framed is about the same weight as this former nose tackle. The Vikings fell to 0-2 when they lost to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Hercules Mata'afa. Mata'afa decided to skip his senior year to enter the 2018 NFL Draft off those numbers. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. As a junior, he totaled 43 tackles with 21.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. On top of that, his foot quickness shows in that the team is very willing to drop him into coverage and to have him spy quarterbacks from the middle of the field. Sets a hard edge with good technique. He finished fourth in the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss and led the Pac-12 with 10.5 sacks. Is Hercules Mata’afa on the Chicago Bears radar in the 2018 NFL draft? Learn how your comment data is processed. gets driven back when he doesn’t win with initial speed; lacks a full repertoire of pass-rushing moves; relies too much on quickness to win the battle; lacks the athleticism to transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker; not enough size to play interior lineman on non-passing downs. Highly productive. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. I'm playing where I feel comfortable at," Mata'afa said. A guy who can come in and be a relentless force is Hercules Mata’afa. There are a few silver linings, but for the most part, if Minnesota doesn't make a lot of adjustments to its level of play, the team will be looking at a down year. Weight: 254 pounds Ideally, Mata’afa’s best fit is a pass rushing specialist in nickel or dime packages in obvious passing down situations. What’s to like: Lets start off with the obvious, what a great name. "We had a kid when I was in Cincinnati named Geno Atkins," Zimmer said. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He was named a Consensus All-American and was named Polynesian College Football Player of the Year all while helping Washington State to a 9-4 record, the team’s best finish since 2003. Please check your email for a confirmation. Sign up for the Vikings Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. Will need time to transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. That is light by edge player standards. What Chicago Bears Offense Might Look Like In 2018, 15 Best Free Agent Acquisitions of All-Time, Pistons’ Willie Reed Suspended Six Games for Domestic Violence, Philly Special: Eagles Borrowed Trick Play from Bears. Broad jump: 9 feet In his final season with the Cougars, Mata’afa began to get some national recognition. • Saw 1st career game action in 2019, notching 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 QB Hurries and a FR in the opening 2 games of the season. "I played 3-tech in college, so it's not new to be me, it's just different schemes," Mata'afa said. Also while he has the traits to transfer his skills, everything about him as an NFL player is based on projection.

© 2019 Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC , All Rights Reserved. Versatility is king in today’s NFL, which makes do-it-all prospects like Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa hot commodities on draft weekend. Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State – edge defender Mata’afa played a grand total of seven snaps this season outside the tackles, but tipping the scales around 250-pounds, the Washington State defender will have to end up there in the NFL. "It's good to be back. In the play below, he lines up in between the center and left guard. • Sister Gina-Bella is a water polo player at Durham University in the UK and younger sister Lalelei is a NFL Punt, Pass and Kick national champion. Hercules Mata’afa blew up statistically in his junior season with 10.5 coming from a defensive tackle position.

Should the Chicago Bears take the chance on the position change, and do his skills translate? To do so, the team will need to get a lot better in a short amount of time. Mata'afa will get his chance to shine in two months when training camp rolls around and the pads come on. The team is in an 0-2 hole to start the year. Three-cone drill: 7.24 seconds But we've got to get better fast," per Chad Graff of The Athletic. 2018 Draft Prospect Profile: EDGE Hercules Mata’afa written by Chris Nicolaou February 20, 2018 The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have many current needs, but one they may want to shore up in the future is outside linebacker. The rest of the group features young players such as Jaleel Johnson, Jalyn Holmes and 2019 sixth-round pick Armon Watts. At times, even slid in far enough to play so one-technique. Won’t wow you with athleticism. Will draw holding penalties by his ferocious style of play.

It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: DB Deionte... 2018 SCB Steelers Draft Preview: Tight Ends, Why the Pittsburgh Steelers are the Best Franchise in NFL History, Steelers History: From the Oilers to the Titans, From Humble Beginnings to Champions-How the Steelers Were Made, SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “Tackles for Loss” Edition. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. Much like Zimmer, Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards said earlier this week that Mata'afa has turned some heads as spring practices roll on. Keeps his outside arm free, forces runs inside to his help. Mata’afa uses this burst and a combination of violent hands to break plays up before they even start.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have many current needs, but one they may want to shore up in the future is outside linebacker. It is almost funny to think Mata’afa took snaps in the interior at all, let alone at the nose. • Named the 2017 AP Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in sacks (9.5) and TFL (21.5).

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A physical presence who can line up… Watch how much faster he is to get off of the ball than any other Cougar on the defensive line. Teams with a need at the position: Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Will have to learn leverage and responsibilities as an edge rusher.

He's up to 275 now," Zimmer said.

"He's really embraced it. He times it well, he uses low leverage and his legs to explode off of the ball and get into the backfield. Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'7liKc5v4SbpAUhNDa4NMgg',sig:'rH9sNJQdaOGSGDwhYzRZENHhuetCh6099_tFy3XnTyM=',w:'594px',h:'406px',items:'927288876',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); Your email address will not be published. Hercules Mata’afa grew up in Lahaina, HI and became a dual-sport athlete while attending Lahainaluna High School. The transition wasn't as smooth as everyone hopes, so the Vikings rotated him between defensive end and the 3-technqiue during OTAs in 2018. Position: Edge rusher/outside linebacker Bench press: 26 reps (third amongst edge rushers) • Named to USA TODAY's Sports Freshman All-America 1st Team after leading WSU in sacks and ranking 4th in the Pac-12. He's very active.".

Mata'afa brushed the praise aside earlier this week and said he's just happy to have found a spot as a 3-technqiue defensive tackle, a position where he believes he can flourish. Despite his lack of size, Mata’afa was still able to produce big numbers at the collegiate level which suggests he can make an impact in the NFL as well. Hercules Mata’afa explodes off of the football. Any team that is in need of edge rusher depth should have an interest in Mata’afa on day three of the draft. 40-yard dash: 4.76 seconds

Height: 6’1″ The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. "He has put on some good girth, and it really hasn't affected his play. • Set a Washington State single-season record with 22.5 TFL. However, due to his size, he projects to the NFL as an edge setter.

Bleacher Report thinks Mata’afa could emerge as a star for the Vikings. I am where I am and I'm happy to be here.".

With nothing left to prove in college, the All-American defensive tackle is hoping someone will see his fit in their scheme. Doesn’t have the film to display an arsenal of pass rush moves.

The Vikings have struggled to keep possession, at an almost comical rate. Hercules Mata’afa tweeted a photo of himself weighing 289 pounds this offseason. Minimal experience in coverage. With that said, he is going to have to deal with strength. Background: From Lahaina, Hawaii. Despite the big sack numbers, he was ranked Hawaii’s fourth-best prospect by Rivals.com and was only offered two Power Five scholarships. With Mata'afa weighing a hair over 250 pounds, Minnesota tried him at linebacker during rookie minicamp. https://vikingswire.usatoday.com/2020/06/27/minnesota-dt-hercules-mataafa-listed-as-potential-surprise-star/, Bridgewater's solid game not enough for win vs. Saints, Rodgers lights up Texans, Packers move to 5-1, Lions stun Falcons with last-second comeback, Report: Vikings 'very open' to moving some key veterans, There's a world in which Sam Darnold makes sense for the Vikings, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. He has to be put into situations to highlight his skill set and cannot be miscast by his college position. The Minnesota Vikings came into the season wonder who was going to take over at 3-technique defensive tackle. Verdict:  Mata’afa is a pure projection pick. • Placed on IR after sustaining an injury in offseason workouts. The added weight might help him compete for more playing time. "Getting used to the new scheme is something I'm working on. I can here it now after a sack.

Asked about why the offense is struggling, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said "I'm not sure why exactly. DT; Junior; 6-2¼, 254 lbs; Washington St; Scouts Grade; Position Rank ; Overall Rank; Arm Length 31-1/2" Hand Size 10-1/4" 40-YD Dash 4.76; Conference TBD; 2017 NCAA Football Stats.

Leonard Floyd, known for being thinner framed is about the same weight as this former nose tackle. The Vikings fell to 0-2 when they lost to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. Hercules Mata'afa. Mata'afa decided to skip his senior year to enter the 2018 NFL Draft off those numbers. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. As a junior, he totaled 43 tackles with 21.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. On top of that, his foot quickness shows in that the team is very willing to drop him into coverage and to have him spy quarterbacks from the middle of the field. Sets a hard edge with good technique. He finished fourth in the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss and led the Pac-12 with 10.5 sacks. Is Hercules Mata’afa on the Chicago Bears radar in the 2018 NFL draft? Learn how your comment data is processed. gets driven back when he doesn’t win with initial speed; lacks a full repertoire of pass-rushing moves; relies too much on quickness to win the battle; lacks the athleticism to transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker; not enough size to play interior lineman on non-passing downs. Highly productive. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. I'm playing where I feel comfortable at," Mata'afa said. A guy who can come in and be a relentless force is Hercules Mata’afa. There are a few silver linings, but for the most part, if Minnesota doesn't make a lot of adjustments to its level of play, the team will be looking at a down year. Weight: 254 pounds Ideally, Mata’afa’s best fit is a pass rushing specialist in nickel or dime packages in obvious passing down situations. What’s to like: Lets start off with the obvious, what a great name. "We had a kid when I was in Cincinnati named Geno Atkins," Zimmer said. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He was named a Consensus All-American and was named Polynesian College Football Player of the Year all while helping Washington State to a 9-4 record, the team’s best finish since 2003. Please check your email for a confirmation. Sign up for the Vikings Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. Will need time to transition to outside linebacker in the NFL. That is light by edge player standards. What Chicago Bears Offense Might Look Like In 2018, 15 Best Free Agent Acquisitions of All-Time, Pistons’ Willie Reed Suspended Six Games for Domestic Violence, Philly Special: Eagles Borrowed Trick Play from Bears. Broad jump: 9 feet In his final season with the Cougars, Mata’afa began to get some national recognition. • Saw 1st career game action in 2019, notching 2 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 QB Hurries and a FR in the opening 2 games of the season. "I played 3-tech in college, so it's not new to be me, it's just different schemes," Mata'afa said. Also while he has the traits to transfer his skills, everything about him as an NFL player is based on projection.

© 2019 Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC , All Rights Reserved. Versatility is king in today’s NFL, which makes do-it-all prospects like Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa hot commodities on draft weekend. Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State – edge defender Mata’afa played a grand total of seven snaps this season outside the tackles, but tipping the scales around 250-pounds, the Washington State defender will have to end up there in the NFL. "It's good to be back. In the play below, he lines up in between the center and left guard. • Sister Gina-Bella is a water polo player at Durham University in the UK and younger sister Lalelei is a NFL Punt, Pass and Kick national champion. Hercules Mata’afa blew up statistically in his junior season with 10.5 coming from a defensive tackle position.

Should the Chicago Bears take the chance on the position change, and do his skills translate? To do so, the team will need to get a lot better in a short amount of time. Mata'afa will get his chance to shine in two months when training camp rolls around and the pads come on. The team is in an 0-2 hole to start the year. Three-cone drill: 7.24 seconds But we've got to get better fast," per Chad Graff of The Athletic. 2018 Draft Prospect Profile: EDGE Hercules Mata’afa written by Chris Nicolaou February 20, 2018 The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have many current needs, but one they may want to shore up in the future is outside linebacker. The rest of the group features young players such as Jaleel Johnson, Jalyn Holmes and 2019 sixth-round pick Armon Watts. At times, even slid in far enough to play so one-technique. Won’t wow you with athleticism. Will draw holding penalties by his ferocious style of play.

It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: DB Deionte... 2018 SCB Steelers Draft Preview: Tight Ends, Why the Pittsburgh Steelers are the Best Franchise in NFL History, Steelers History: From the Oilers to the Titans, From Humble Beginnings to Champions-How the Steelers Were Made, SCB Steelers Quick Hitters: The “Tackles for Loss” Edition. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. Much like Zimmer, Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards said earlier this week that Mata'afa has turned some heads as spring practices roll on. Keeps his outside arm free, forces runs inside to his help. Mata’afa uses this burst and a combination of violent hands to break plays up before they even start.

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t have many current needs, but one they may want to shore up in the future is outside linebacker. It is almost funny to think Mata’afa took snaps in the interior at all, let alone at the nose. • Named the 2017 AP Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in sacks (9.5) and TFL (21.5).

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