I am Wedge. I am an Intergalactic Agent. My job – to find an entertaining way to destroy the Earth for my employer the Alpha Alien.
Let me make this clear to you humans. I love destroying planets. The screams, the end of lifeforms and the little flicker of light when a planet is wiped from the universe.
But I also love football. Especially the NFL Draft. Do you know what that means?
It means…the Earth will live!
The Earth will live!!
THE EARTH WILL LIVE!!!
Well at least through the NFL Draft…then I might destroy your planet…
Speaking about destruction, Let’s start with a guy who destroys opposing offenses
Say it again and learn to spell it MATAKEVICH
Next Year when you see his jersey flying around the field making tackles you are gonna wonder how to say it. That’s what he does a lot of TACKLING!
400 career tackles is impressive isn’t it? Well how about 493 – because that is how many he ended up with in his 4 year career. This year along Matakevich had 138 tackles, 15.5 for tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and 5 interceptions.
Those kind of stats helped Matakevich win the 2015 Chuck Bednarik Award. Not easy for a small school linebacker to win that award. Not easy for s small school linebacker to win the Bronko Nagurski award either, awarded to the nation’s top defender – but Matakevich won that too.
I know what you are thinking…what is this alien showing me this small school guy for? I want big school guys, not this guy from Temple.
Well I could not resist. This guy can play. And don’t be so hard on Temple they managed to squeeze Penn State, Houston and Notre Dame on to their schedule.
My alien instincts tell me that he will do well at the next level even though its a huge jump in the level of competition. Speaking of instincts – guess who has great instincts…Tyler Matakevich, that is who! How else do you get close to 500 tackles in your college career.
The linebacker uses those instincts and terrific first step quickness to take ball carriers down. Matakevich doesn’t just have great instincts and quick first step, he was the unquestionable leader of the Temple Owl defense. Temple coaches and players only have positive things to say about him on and off the field.
When you hear those kind of things said about a player – you know what they are going to say is his downside…”he has physical limitations”.
You can expect to hear that about this prospect. Matakevich is not lightning fast, he will probably go unnoticed at the combine – but when you watch him on the field, you know he always knows were to be to make the play.
That’s probably why some scouts aren’t predicting Matakevich to go until day 3 of the draft. If I had to predict where Matakevich falls in the 2016 draft – I would probably say he is a 4th rounder. But when push comes to shove, if he can continue to use his football smarts to get past his physical limitations – he’s gonna play like a first rounder. This is the kind of player that leaves GM’s thinking “How did I miss this guy?”
If I was going to compare Matakevich to an alien weapon of destruction he would definitely be a Scarlet Meteor. The Scarlet Meteor is easy to miss…you will be flying your ship around the universe dodging fusion explosions and laser blasts and next thing you know
Watch this meteor here!