by Kevin Gordy | @Kev_Gordy
The Ravens used their extra fifth round pick from the Jaguars to select college football's sack leader in 2015. Matt Judon comes from a Division II school in Grand Valley State but was one of, if not the most productive players in the conference. Judon combined for 20 total sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss last year.
- 275 lbs
- 40 Yard Dash: 4.73 s
- 10 Yard Dash: 1.65 s
- Bench: 30 reps
- Broad Jump: 109"
- Vertical Jump: 35"
- 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.52 s
- Hand Size: 9 1/2"
Twitter Handle: @man_dammn
Ryan Delaire, DE Carolina Panthers
- Athleticism: Judon is very athletic for his size at 275 lbs. He shows the flexibility to be able to dip under and bend around tackles to win the edge. Judon also flashes the ability to speed rush very well.
- Measurables: Judon has very long arms which allow him to get great extension and reach to the quarterback. He is also at a solid weight where he can bulk up a little to player defensive end or shed a few pounds to kick outside as an outside linebacker.
- Motor: Matt never gives up on plays, especially when rushing the quarterback. If his first rush move is unsuccessful, Judon will fight with his hands to get to the passer.
- Production: When entering the NFL from a Division II school you have to be absolutely dominate at that level of competition. Judon was just that, racking up 20 sacks, 83 total tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss. He was absolutely dominate on tape.
- Competition Level: Judon played at a Division II school in Grand Valley State, going up against the likes of Findlay and Southwest Baptist week in and week out. He will have to adjust to the tremendous level of talent seen in the NFL.
- Rawness: Judon is overall very raw as a player, and it is evident he hasn't fully tapped into his potential as a player. He will need to put some work in on his hand technique in usage in order to get the most out of his athletic ability in the NFL.
- Lack of Pass Rush Variety: When Judon loses the race to the edge, he doesn't really have a backup move to resort to. He will have to learn how to successfully execute a spin and swim move so that he doesn't look lost when the speed rush fails.
What Others are Saying:
- "In the pass-happy AFC North, pressuring the quarterback is essential. Judon dominated D2 competition flashing big time NFL pass rush traits. Suggs and Dumervil are in the twilight of their careers, so the emphasis on pass rushers in this draft isn't surprising" - Mark Dulgerian
- "Small-school wonder with monster production over the last two seasons despite an admitted stretch of "timidness" after returning from an ACL tear that robbed him off his 2013 season. Judon has an NFL frame and rushes the quarterback with a plan, but he is still very raw from a technical standpoint and is still a project at his juncture. Judon has enough talent to warrant a draft pick, but will need time to find his way as a pro." - NFL.com
Matt Judon will most likely work as a developmental pass rusher for the 2016 season. The jump from Division II competition to the NFL is pretty significant so I believe a lot of Judon's first year will be spent learning from the greats, Suggs and Dumervil. I expect Judon to shed some weight to a more comfortable 260 range in order to be an outside linebacker in the Ravens' system. Judon has all the traits needed to be a successful pass rusher, but will need to improve his technique and learn a couple more pass rushing moves to reach his full potential. Expect to see Judon get worked into the Ravens defensive scheme slowly throughout the season. He will be competing with fellow rookie, Kamalei Correa, and Z'Darius Smith for reps as a situational pass rusher.