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D.O.B: Feb. 26, 1998 (Age: 22)
|Arms||Hands||Wingspan||40-YD||BP||VJ||BJ||3-Cone||20-YD Shuttle||60-YD Shuttle|
|Combine||34 7/8||9 6/8||82 2/8||N/A||20||34.0||120.0||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Strengths: Very good height with good weight with a firm athletic build with very good length, with very good AA, very good explosiveness, quickness, agility, and COD, with good balance and body control. Good Upfield Burst for a guy his size at multiple alignments. He has the versatility to line up from 1 to 9 tech. He wins with leverage, explosiveness and play strength. Good mental processing to k&d pass sets, showing a pass rush plan. Very good pass rush ability from 3 tech to 7 tech, wins with length, explosiveness, and UOH. Very good UOH, very good quickness, very good timing and placement, with outstanding strength, uses a two hand swipe cross chop and club rip/swim. Very good play strength to use speed to power moving OL. Keeps arms extended to drive OL back and controls them the whole way. Outstanding competitive toughness with an outstanding motor. Good upfield burst vs the run. Very good UOH and length to extend, locate and disengage. He maintains th edge and constricts the run lane from there. He plays the run well from inside using play strength and UOH to make tackles around the LOS. Good overall vs the run, from multiple alignments with solid gap discipline and a good understanding of leverage. Good pursuit vs O/S zone runs, he is explosive and can chase down the LOS and make play vs cutbacks. Very good play strength taking on DBL teams and down blocks.
Weaknesses: Displays adequate bend rushing off the edge. He is not a speed rusher that wins with bend. Adequate pad level when rushing from the outside. Adequate mental processing to k&d runs consistently causing him to be out of position at times being late to react. Pad level is adequate when playing the run. He relies on his AA and play strength. He can get over aggressive vs zone reads as well and attacks the RB instead of being patient for the QB.
Summary: Yetur Gross-Matos projects to be a starting edge player that a team can win with. He has the versatility to line up in multiple different fronts and play from 1 to 9 tech. Most effective playing in the 3 to 7 tech range. He wins with his explosiveness, length, UOH, and play strength. He is effective as a pass rusher and vs the run. He needs work on his pad level and being more disciplined in the run game. He is a perfect fit in a NE style type of defense.
Grade: Late 1st Round/Starting Versatile Edge.