Mitch Mathews, WR
School: BYU | Conference: Independent
College Experience: Senior | Age: 24? 25?
Height / Weight: 6-5 / 222 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 7th Round or UDFA but rising
NFL Comparison: Kris Durham
By now most who read my profiles should know I have an affinity for late round guys that present value and could make an impact. But you may be curious why I chose a relatively obscure WR from Brigham Young. Aside from Mitch Mathews ridiculous size and ability to high point the ball he is a super intriguing prospect because Scot McCloughan and John Schnieder drafted an almost identical player in Kris Durham in 2011 with the Seattle Seahawks' 4th round selection. Durham had 600+ receiving yards and 3 TDs his senior year and Matthews has eclipsed that production in his last two years. It would be super interesting to know McCloughan's thoughts on that selection seeing as Kris Durham has played for 3 different teams now in a draft that saw K.J. Wright and Richard Sherman drafted a round earlier and a round later respectively. Was Durham a miss? Would McCloughan draft a similar player again?
I'm not sure why Mitch Mathews isn't in the draft conversation much he has the size and production that usually warrants a 5th or 6th rounder. Mathews is a tall, lanky, receiver that plays with great speed and is a natural hands catcher. He can pluck the ball out of the air with excellent jumping ability and use his body to create space. He is really fun to watch when he takes the ball away from defenders. And he may be one of those astronomical risers on draft boards after his pro day.
- Excellent size and play speed for his size. Great jumping ability too.
- Has a great catch radius he is able to position himself and contort his body to make tough catches.
- Tracks the ball in flight well.
- Posted two years of solid production with inconsistent and revolving door QB play.
- Good route runner, able to get out of his breaks with precision and speed, shook a few guys on tape.
- Doesn't always play to his size, his height is his greatest asset and sometimes he lets corner's bump him off routes.
- Lanky skinny build for a WR would be good if he were to add a bit of mass (which it seems like he has he was listed at 215 during the season).
- Older than typical draft prospects.
Let's see his work:
Perfect TD pass Taysom to Mitch Mathews https://t.co/EF4CuqvU76— Dave Noriega (@davenoriega) February 16, 2016
"For Mitch Mathews, his future in the NFL is if he bulks up and plays TE. He has great size & can jump out of the building"@MockingTheDraft— ESPN960Sports (@espn960sports) January 29, 2016
Kaufusi might be only senior draftable prospect from BYU, but undrafted types include WR Mitch Matthews & OT Ryker Mathews.— Brian Carriveau (@BrianCarriveau) December 19, 2015
BYU WR Mitch Mathews.. 6'6, 215. Offense gave him dozens of downfield/jump ball targets. Uses size/body/length over smaller CBs— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) March 25, 2016
BYU pro day: Mitch Mathews (WR, 6'6") putting on a show. 38" vert, 129" inch broad— Eric Coleman (EC) (@utahEC) March 25, 2016
Mitch Mathews ran a 4.46 first run, missed his second— Zak Hicken (@zakhicken) March 25, 2016
If Mitch Mathews at 6-5, 222-pounds (official measurements) truly ran a low to sub-4.4 40, he'll be in discussion as an NFL Draft pick. #BYU— Jake Hatch (@JacobCHatch) March 25, 2016
Star of the day at BYU pro day is WR Mitch Mathews; turned some heads with his 40 times.— Jay Drew (@drewjay) March 25, 2016
BYU Pro Day Mitch Mathews— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) March 25, 2016
HT 6'5 1/2"
Hand 10 3/4"
Wingspan: 79 1/2"
ProDay-Mitch Mathews BYU— NFL Draft Diamonds (@DraftDiamonds) March 25, 2016
40: 4.46-4.48; 4.41-4.44
225 bench. 12 reps
Vertical : 38"
Broad J: 10' 9"
20 SH 4.15
60 SH 11.28
3 cone: 6.88
Forgot to mention this earlier: BYU's Mitch Mathews spent a significant amount of time speaking with the Packers scout following Pro Day.— Sean Walker (@HeyDSean) March 25, 2016
Based on feedback I'm getting from NFL teams it would be surprising if Mitch Mathews doesn't get drafted after his pro day at BYU yesterday.— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) March 26, 2016
Mitch Matthews footwork is very precise. For a man of his size...to be this precise...@JeffRisdon & I have tweeted a little about him.— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) March 25, 2016
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
Mathews would certainly be an intriguing late round option or even UDFA signing. He is a little older than the average college senior (as are most BYU guys) because he did his 2 year LDS mission. Matthews seems to be training hard for his pro day saying he has bulked up to 222. I compared him to Kris Durham but he also reminds me of Jordan Taylor the WR out of Rice that was signed as an UDFA by the Denver Broncos last year. These types guys aren't super freak athletes (though Mathews may be close) but they have a consistent level of production using their size and hands. They perhaps will never turn into the every down WR in the NFL like they were in college but they do have a specific use and place in the NFL. I think the more the Redskins can diversify their red zone threats outside of Jordan Reed the better the team will become in the red zone. Mathews has a lot to learn still outside of his physical gifts but with some coaching and a few opportunities he could prove himself to be a legitimate red zone and deep threat.
As I update this profile with Mathews' pro day numbers I'm full of giddy excitement. He is killing it in every category at his pro day. But with that comes optimism and caution. When was the last time BYU had a decent/relevant QB throwing the ball? Even with his kind of athletic talent why wasn't Mathews able to produce more? He's a freak. And why is he rated so low on big boards? Let me know your thoughts!