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Nevada - Wolf Pack

Rishard Matthews

Rishard Matthews - #15 - WR-PR

Height: 6-0 3/8
Weight: 217
Speed: 4.57
Arm: 32 1/2
Hand: 9 1/8
Wingspan: 77 3/4
Birthdate: 10/12/1989
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Grade: 5.13


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/21/2012 Nevada Pro Day 6-0 1/2 209 9 1/8 32 3/8 78 1/8 4.46 10'3"
02/29/2012 Combine 6-0 3/8 217 9 1/8 32 1/2 77 3/4 4.58 20 36 4.24 11.25 6.89
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-0 3/4 208 9 32 3/8 76 5/8 4.54



Also was a basketball standout and ran track for a year as a prep. Has spent time at seven high schools and colleges. Father, Andre, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who did not allow Rishard to play football as a freshman or sophomore because of poor grades, moved Rishard from California to New Mexico during his sophomore year in order to live with Rishard’s older sister. Played 2005 at Clovis (N.M.) High, where he was one of the state’s top players and verbally committed to UTEP. One game into his senior season, he moved back to California (Matthews told the Los Angeles Times, “I decided to come live with my dad because he’s more strict. He’d get on me about my grades and stuff like that.”), where he played his senior season at Saddleback High, starring as a receiver, safety and return man. Switched his commitment to Oregon but failed to qualify academically. Headed to Santa Ana (Calif.) College but was unable to play in ’07 because of a cracked sternum. Did not play football in ’08 while focusing on academics. Got back on the field at Bakersfield (Calif.) College in ’09, when he caught 47 balls for 619 yards (13.2-yard average) and six touchdowns and carried seven times for 20 yards (2.9) and zero touchdowns in 11 games. Also returned 17 punts for 319 yards (18.8) and nine kickoffs for 334 yards (37.1), including two TDs. Joined the Wolfpack in ’10, started 12-of-14 games and totaled 56-879-5 (15.7) receiving and 5-76-0 (15.2) rushing with 25-244 (9.8) on punt returns, including a 72-yard score against Boston College, and 5-91 (18.2) on kickoff returns. Was the team’s leading receiver in ’11 after grabbing 91-1,364-8 (15.0) and also returning punts 23-307-1 (13.3) in 12 starts. Did not play in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl with a knee injury. Team captain. Has eight career fumbles.


Good size — well-proportioned with muscle definition. Fluid and athletic. Deceptive vertical speed. Soft hands to extend and catch. Good ball reactions, hand quickness and body control. Concentrates to track and adjust — can make contested catches. Good field and boundary awareness. Makes himself available to the quarterback. Strong after the catch. Returns punts. Tough, competitive and football smart. Solid character.


Average initial quickness (more smooth than sudden). Lacks elite top-end speed to blow by defenders or pull away from the pack. Could stand to improve route running — ran a limited tree and needs to learn how to sell patterns and get in/out of breaks more efficiently. Limited creativity after the catch. Poor effort and technique as a blocker.


Well-built, athletic, productive, “Z” receiver with reliable hands who elevated his game as a senior despite the absence of Colin Kaepernick. Still honing positional nuances but has clear developmental value.

Rishard Matthews's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
7.01-9.00Top 10

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