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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TE Matt Bushman

  • The Draft Network
  • February 6, 2021
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Matt Bushman has aligned detached, in the backfield as an H back, and in-line in a traditional tight end role. He has average proactive athleticism, as evidenced in his agility and long speed. In the run game, he struggles as a run blocker. For a young man with his size, you’d ideally like a tougher, more physical player. In the passing game, he is an average route-runner but demonstrates good hands as a pass-catcher. 

Ideal Role: PUDFA/Developmental player

Scheme Fit: An offense that uses multiple TEs.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Washington (2019), Tennessee (2019), USC (2019)

Best Game Studied: Washington (2019)

Worst Game Studied: USC (2019)

Hands: He demonstrates good hands at the position. He uses his good catch radius to win in contested-catch situations, which he is frequently in. He is a natural hands-catcher who extends when and keeps the ball away from his frame. 

Route Running: He struggles as a route-runner, resulting in him being in several contested-catch situations.

Versatility: He lacks true versatility. Ultimately, he should remain as an in-line TE, preferably a “Y”.

Competitive Toughness: He has average competitive toughness, as evidenced in his lack of effectiveness as a run blocker. 

Ball Skills: He demonstrates adequate ball skills, particularly when it comes to contorting his body for difficult catches and also when tracking the deep ball.

Blocking Skills: He really needs to improve as a run blocker. He will struggle to get on the field if he does not improve in this regard.

Football IQ: He demonstrates adequate football IQ, as evidenced in his ability to sit in holes in zones. He will also adjust his route underneath relative to the sticks. 

Run After Catch: He has less than ideal RAC ability. This is based on his lack of good speed and elusiveness in the open field. 

Pass Protection: Blocking in any regard is not a strength for him. It is disappointing that a young man with his size isn’t more effective. 

Big-Play Ability: He lacks big-play ability. This is due to his lack of route -unning prowess before the catch and his lack of good elusiveness after the catch.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 65/100

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