Matthew Peart

OT, UConn

  • Conf American Athletic - East
  • Jersey #65
  • Class RS Senior
  • HT 6'7"
  • DOB --
  • WT 310 lbs
ANALYST'S REPORTS

Crabbs

Marino

    Pass Sets - Can be guilty of some oversets when he's pressed upfield with speed. Appreciate his cadence, though — even after swap from OG to OT he showed clean steps and didn't bail to flip his hips vertically and chase rushers. He's long, step distance can cover ground on the outside with better angles.

    Length - He's not the longest of arms and he's well built, which provides him with a bigger strike zone for defenders to land blows. More importantly, he doesn't maximize length with issues in hand placement and punch timing — so there's room to grow, but he's not as effective as build would suggest.

    Balance - His weight can get knocked around by defenders who catch him clean, he's pretty lean through the lower half and hence doesn't have a low center of gravity. You work him in space and he'll thrive, he's a natural athlete on the second level or as a puller to work around the set and get fit on seal blocks.

    Hand Technique - Somewhat irregular here. He'll get busted with low hands at times and in other instances the outside hand has a habit of wrapping around the frame/back of defenders at the POA. Concerning that these issues haven't been ironed out after nearly 50 starts at the FBS level.

    Power at POA - When he's able to roll hips through contact and gets a desirable hand fit, he's pretty impressive with methodical upfield steps to churn and create soft edges in the run game. Ample movement as a pin blocker or as a puller to kick out defenders on the edge of runs as well.

    Football IQ - He's a bit rough around the edges but has developmental upside if you place him with some higher level coaching. He's a natural athlete but will still need some TLC to get him where he needs to be for consistent performance as an NFL starter. Fundamentals, especially the hands, need an overhaul.

    Functional Athleticism - Smooth would be the best word to describe him. His lapses in fits are more byproduct of not executing to brace for contact but I believe he's got the mobility to play at tackle. He'd be a hell of a puller at guard, too. Short area mobility while engaged with blockers to turn and cross face is strong.

    Anchor Ability - High pads and lean frame don't make for a promising recipe and he really hasn't been tested in live action with a lot of explosive athletes. Does show the coil and bend through the knees and hips to successfully drop anchor and he "big boy'd" many opponents on film studies throughout 2019.

    Flexibility - Appreciate his body control. Attentive to his base, does well to keep his hips opened and not get skinny feet. His roll through contact in linear situations is pretty strong to unload onto defenders at the POA. Hips are definitely fluid to open out of stance and pull left to get out in front of plays.

    Competitive Toughness - He's scrappy. He's not a true mauler but his dynamic body control will yield motion on the line. He's persistent to fight for positioning but needs more reset ability in his hands in order to work into a position of control, otherwise he's just leaning on bodies and running the feet hoping to run defenders out of the play. 

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    Best Trait - Mobility

    Worst Trait - Hand Technique

    Best Film - Wagner (2019)

    Worst Film - UCF (2019)

    Red Flags - None

    Player Summary - Matt Peart projects favorably as a developmental starter at the NFL level. It's easy to appreciate Peart's easy movement skills as a big man, he's a long and lean lineman with smooth feet and very good range working through the second level or on the perimeter as a blocker. There's an incubation period needed for the jump to NFL and some teams may view him as an OG — but no matter where he plays, he'll need to be coached up on his hand placement and weight distribution. 

    Updated: 01/18/2020