Scouting Report: Ryan Mathews

Written by Rob Engle on April 21, 2010

Ryan Mathews

Position: RB School: Fresno State
Height: 5’11 5/8 Weight: 218 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 4.48

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

1st Round

Draft Breakdown Red Star Player

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 7
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 9
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 6
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 4.5
Toughness 8 7
Potential 10 9.5

Running Back Specific Categories


Max. Value


Between the tackles 8 7.5
Outside the tackles 8 7.5
Receiving 6 5
Ball carrying 8 5.5
Vision 10 9.5
Elusiveness 8 7.5
Pass Blocking 8 6
Leg Drive 8 6.5
Break Tackle 8 5

Explanation of Player Grading System


The size every team would like their starting tailback to be. Incredible production. Big play threat with long speed and top notch acceleration. Great vision and acceleration through the hole. Tremendous balance. Is equally good inside and outside the tackles. Very sudden and quick enough to dodge tacklers in traffic and still keep his legs moving. Very strong, athletic, and explosive (10’1″ broad jump, 4.21 shuttle). Pretty good pass blocker but won’t knock anyone down. A natural hands catcher and a threat out of the backfield. Very decisive and quick to make a decision. Not a lot ot wear and tear on him. A lot of potential.


Needs to work on his lower body strength – thighs are a little thin. Carries the ball away from his body and may have fumbling problems at the next level. Doesn’t run over people. Doesn’t have a true second gear – but he plays at 1 speed because he’s got such great acceleration. Route running needs work. Shared carries most of his career so endurance could be an issue. Missed a lot of time for injuries his sophomore season.


Mathews is the best “complete” running back of this class. He’s got the size to be an every down back and carry the load (at some point). Has everything you look for and has the potential to be a superstar because of it. He isn’t talked about because both Spiller and Best are more explosive big play threats, but he’s more consistent and will probably be more durable throughout his career.


17 career starts at Fresno State.

Awards and Honors

2009: 2st team All-American. 1st team All-WAC.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a


Unknown major at Fresno State.


Misses Humanitarian Bowl in 2007 with torn muscle near collar bone. Misses five games in 2008 with knee and foot injuries. Misses one game in 2009 with concussion.

Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 276 1808 6.6 77 19 11 122 0
2008 113 606 5.4 49 6 8 146 2
2007 145 866 6.0 67 14 0 0 0

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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