Weight: 264 lbs.
College: Penn State
Gross-Matos is a long, powerful edge rusher who’s relentless and can take over games. His size, quickness and ability to extend with his arms makes him a dangerous pass rusher and stout against the run, as well. He plays with a high level of effort and doesn’t give up on plays. He’s been productive against Big Ten competition, evidenced by his 8.5 sacks and 23 solo tackles in the regular season.
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Against NFL offensive linemen, Gross-Matos will need to be even quicker and a bit stronger to reach his full potential. Recognizing play development better will help him get to the right spot quicker and conserve energy for later in the game.
Why he may fit with Washington:
The Redskins were far from admirable on defense in 2019, but getting after the quarterback was a relative area of strength, as Washington’s sack percentage was firmly in the top half of the league. But teams like the 49ers have found success building strength on strength in the trenches, and it’s easy to argue that you can never have too many good players getting after the quarterback. Granted, Gross-Matos wouldn’t fill a gaping hole on Washington’s roster, but it’s tough to argue that his work ethic and physical tools would make him an early and impactful contributor for the Redskins.
Yetur Gross-Matos plays with an intriguing combination of length and relentless effort that would make him a contributor on Washington’s defensive line early on.
Projected Round: Early 2nd