Jason’s Early 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Notes: Washington State DE Hercules Mata’afa

Basics:

Name- Hercules Mataafa
Position- DE
College- Washington State
Jersey Number- 50
Class- Junior

Measurements:

Height- 6’2
Weight- 245 lbs
Projected 40 Time- 4.75

Pros:

Has good edge rusher size
Has great speed
A tackling machine
Very experienced
Has a non stop motor
Is in on every play
Does not give up on many plays
A tough nosed player
Gets good pressure on the QB
Is a good pass rusher
Very physical
Uses his speed and strength to get through the offensive line in pursuit of the QB
A hard hitter
Always wraps up on tackles
A defensive play maker
A difference maker on defense
A ferocious defender
Very relentless on defense
Has good instincts
Gets a good push on the offensive line
Does not get pushed around that easily at the line of scrimmage
Put up great sack numbers for Washington State
Does a great job of bringing the ball carrier down behind the line of scrimmage for a loss

Cons:

He is a bit undersized to play DE so he may end up being more of a 3-4 OLB or situational EDGE rusher

Career Stats:

Games Played: 37, Tackles: 121, Tackles For Loss: 45.5, Sacks: 21.0, Forced Fumbles: 3, Fumbles Recovered: 2