Alexander Mattison, RB
School: Boise State | Conference: Mountain West
College Experience: Junior | Age: 20?
Height / Weight: 5-10 / 221 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 5th or 6th Round
NFL Comparison: Peyton Barber
Alexander Mattison is the first player in Boise State history to claim a Mountain West conference rushing title. Mattison did that this past season rushing for over 1,400 yards and piling up 17 touchdowns on the ground. Mattison’s production this season pretty much carried the Broncos to their second consecutive Mountain West title game appearance. A native of San Bernardino, California Mattison was a 3-star recruit coming out of high school he committed to Boise State one day after Damarea Crockett (Missouri) de-commited from the program. Mattison was an excellent student coming out of high school and sported a 4.8 GPA, in addition to winning All-Mountain West First Team honors, Mattison was also awarded Academic All-Mountain West honors twice during his college career. Mattison will now focus on taking his talent and smarts to the NFL in hopes of becoming a significant part of a team’s running back rotation and potentially a workhorse in the right situation.
- Good size, strength, power, and vision for the position.
- Mattison shows good patience waiting for his blockers to create rushing lanes for him. His vision is good as he does a good job identifying rushing lanes even when they are not ideal. Once he sees it he lowers his pads and goes full speed ahead.
- Grinder player and workhorse type who’s best games came when he got over 26 carriers. Wears defenses down during the course of the game with his physical style. Grinds out tough yards and is especially effective in the red zone.
- Shows some pretty decent short area burst and quickness that helps him avoid defenders. Reliable ball carrier with only one fumble on 300+ carries this year.
- Competitive as a pass blocker.
- Below average athleticism and speed for the position despite having scored well in the broad jump. You can see a little explosion but not enough that allows him to pull away from the pack or show the kind of elusiveness and quickness you want at the position.
- Takes a few paces to get up to speed and can get caught behind the line of scrimmage especially when trying to change direction. Doesn’t have that next gear when it comes to speed and acceleration and won’t elude or outrun many in the open field.
- Contact balance isn’t want you might expect out of a guy his size goes down relatively easy.
- Has had surgery on his ankle and shoulder though he has not missed any time. Medicals came back clear at the combine to my knowledge but something to keep in mind.
Let’s see his work:
Here's another clip to add to the thread. pic.twitter.com/p4tdytQeBL— Boise State | Sports Report (@BSUsportsreport) February 28, 2019
Won’t make a living stretching runs wide but breaks tackles and his balance allows him to pick up extra yards running sideways. Another Kareem Hunt looking run. pic.twitter.com/uKNwmb1FRV— NFLDraftTalker (@JakeAndersonFF) February 23, 2019
Non DL tweet: I've always been impressed with the skill set of Boise State RB Alexander Mattison. That guy is gonna have a long & productive NFL career!— DLineVids (@DLineVids) March 1, 2019
Alexander Mattison, Boise State, posted an above average #RAS at the #2019NFLCombine. His speed scores were poor, his agility average, but his explosion drills were very nice.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 1, 2019
*Splits Projected* pic.twitter.com/qBL1jCizPQ
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
By now I’ve written too many words about how the Redskins still need depth at the running back position. The position is not nearly as strong as some people project - at least not in its current state and I would like to remind everyone that re-signing Adrian Peterson and a 100% healthy Guice is not a given. The Redskins seem to like these bruiser types and Mattison certainly can come in and compete with Semaje Perine who is actually under contract unlike Byron Marshall and Rob Kelley. Mattison does not have the desired athleticism to start at the position but he certainly bring a lot of value as part of a Guice and Thompson rotation. Mattison is a reliable ball carrier and despite his past injuries has been available on the field. He could help lighten the load of the other guys while showing his worth as a pass protector and someone who can get those tough yards and find success in the red zone. While I still think he probably functions best as a guy who can get at least a certain number of carries I think coaching at the next level can help him make his movements more efficient so that he can make the most out of the more limited opportunities he would get. As a late third day pick I can see the upside and think he’ll have the talent and skills to claim a roster spot and get some carries his rookie season.