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Matt Merletti

Matt Merletti - #25 - FS

Height: 5-10
Weight: 200
Speed: 4.62
Arm: 30 5/8
Hand: 9 3/4
Wingspan: 73 3/8
Birthdate: 07/18/1988
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Grade: 5.09

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/20/2012 North Carolina Pro Day 5-10 200 9 3/4 30 5/8 73 3/8 4.62 31 9'5" 4.27 11.66 6.55
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-10 1/2 200 4.55

 

Notes:

Was a prep standout in Georgia before attending Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Miss.) for two years, where he recorded 40 tackles and six interceptions in 2008 and 51 tackles and one interception in ’09 as a two-year starter. At Alabama, suffered a torn Achilles in April ’10 but returned to start the season opener against San Jose State. Played in 12 games (six starts), in ’10, recording 33 tackles, four pass breakups and zero interceptions with five tackles for loss and two sacks. Made two starts at RCB spot and four as a nickel back. Started all 13 games for the national champions in ’11 and totaled 41-11-1 with four tackles for loss, 1 1⁄2 sacks. Returned his lone interception 25 yards for a TD against Arkansas. Suffered a left shoulder injury at the Senior Bowl and did not run at the Combine because of a strained right hamstring. 

Positives:

Has a lean, toned build. Fairly athletic. Physical tackler. Good hands to intercept. Assignment-sound. Likes to play and it shows — has an aggressive, physical temperament and plays with abandon. Ideal special-teams makeup. Coach’s dream. Rare intangibles. Mentally and physically tough, smart, determined and hardworking. Low-maintenance. Does the right things when no one is watching, knows only one gear and intensity will need to be regulated in practices.

Negatives:

Lacks elite top-end speed and range. Average transitional flexibility and change of direction. Shows some tightness when asked to break down in space. Underdeveloped instincts and anticipation. Is relatively inexperienced and was not a full-time starter. Durability is an issue — has been snake-bitten by knee injuries that cost him a season and a half.

Summary:

Fairly athletic, tough-as-nails, heart-and-soul, self-made, high-character, workaholic producer. Comes from a strong family and prioritizes football and country. Will appeal to coaches and fans alike if he can stay healthy, embodying some of the same qualities of his idol Pat Tillman, and having the makeup of an interchangeable backup and core special-teams player. 


Matt Merletti's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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