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Road to the NFL Draft: Tyler Matakevich

Position: Outside linebacker.

School: Temple.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-0, 238 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.81 seconds. Bench press: 22 reps. Vertical jump: 31 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 4 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.19 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.5 seconds.

Career stats: 47 games, 493 tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 7 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries.

Draft projection: Third-fourth round.

Lowdown: Temple’s all-time leader in sacks, Matakevich became the first defensive player in school history to earn first-team All-American honors. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy, both of which are given to the nation’s best defensive player. ... A four-year starter, Matakevich became just the seventh player in FBS history with four straight 100-tackle seasons. … Has desirable leadership traits and excellent instincts. Excellent at diagnosing play-action plays and uses his hands to challenge throws. … An average athlete who may find himself overwhelmed by the size and strength of NFL players. Despite the big tackle total, still missed 32 tackles in his career. Projects best as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense, according to’s scouting report.

They said it: “Matakevich will draw comparisons to former Miami Dolphins star Zach Thomas for his instincts, physicality and reliable open-field tackling.” – CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang.

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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