Tyler Matakevich out of St. Joseph drafted by Steelers
Tyler Matakevich out of St. Joseph High and Temple University was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
A 6-0, 240-pound linebacker, Matakevich won the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards as the best defensive player in the country last season. Temple's all-time leading tackler with 493 stops, the Stratford native became the first Temple defensive player to earn first-team All-America honors.
This is what nfldraftscout.com had to say in its ratings profile on Matakevich:
Considered a great teammate and leader. Incredible production over all four years as a starter. Finished regular season with 465 total tackles including over 100 each season. Has great eyes and processes what they tell him quickly. Decisive with instinctive recognition of play flow and and shuffles accordingly. Keys the quarterback's eyes and gets a head start into space on pass plays. Rarely fooled by play-action. Plays square to the line of scrimmage and keeps eyes glued to the ball against the run. Battles his limitations by attacking downhill and shooting gaps to disrupt in the backfield. Can shift from a downhill path to lateral movement seamlessly. Easy turn and move into space against the pass. Uses active hands to challenge and defend throws.