Matt Goncalves
Matt Goncalves  OT  Pittsburgh | NFL Draft 2024 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Matt Goncalves
Height
6-6
Weight
327
College
Pittsburgh
Position
OT
Class
Senior
Home town
Manorville, NY
83.4/100
Player Rating
23
PositionRank (OL)
5.2
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Matt Goncalves OT Pittsburgh | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Matt Goncalves OT Pittsburgh
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

SUB-POSITION: Left/Right Tackle
Last Updated: 04/21/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 5.20 seconds (63%*)
Age: 23.4 DOB: 01/26/2001
Bowl Invite: Shrine Bowl
Measurables:
Height: 6-6 (56%*) Weight: 327 (80%*)
Hands: 9 (9%*) Arm: 33 1/4 (26%*) Span: 81 2/8 (33%*)
Forty: 5.20 (O) (63%*)
Vertical: 30.5 (P) (79%*)
Bench: 19 (P) (14%*)
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(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other (HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
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SUB-POSITION: Left/Right Tackle
Last Updated: 04/21/2024
Draft Year: 2024
40 time: 5.20 seconds (63%*)
Age: 23.4 DOB: 01/26/2001
Bowl Invite: Shrine Bowl
Measurables:
0% 100%
Height: 6-6 (56%*) Weight: 327 (80%*)
Hands: 9 (9%*) Arm: 33 1/4 (26%*)
Span: 81 2/8 (33%*)
Forty: 5.20 (O) (63%*)
Vertical: 30.5 (P) (79%*)
Bench: 19 (P) (14%*)
(C) - NFL Combine (P) - Pro Day (O) - Other
(HS) -Estimated from High School Combine
For an explanation of how the (HS) data is calculated see this article
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Overall Rating: 83.4 / 100
Average rating of opposition Defense player has faced
Defense Rating:
74%
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Pass Blocking:
80%
Run Blocking:
68%
DRAFT PROJECTION: 4th
Overall Rank: #104 Position rank: #23
College Games: 35 College Snaps: 1663
Grade: 3 ESPN  Stars 3 ESPN  Stars ESPN RATING: 74/100
Grade: 247 Sports 4  Stars 247 Sports 91 Stars 247 RATING: 91/100
Grade: 3 Stars 3 Stars RIVALS RATING: 5.6 (92%)
Player Comparison* (Similarity level)
Tyler Steen - Alabama
98%
Nick Saldiveri - Old Dominion
89%
Trey Smith - Tennessee
85%
Indianapolis Colts Drafted: ROUND: 3 - Pick Number: 79 (IND)
Draft Profile: Bio
Matt Goncalves, came from Eastport-South Manor High School as New York's premier offensive line talent, swiftly established himself at Pitt, showcasing his prowess across the offensive frontline. His journey at Pitt began with significant recognition, culminating in Freshman All-American honors in 2020 after starting the final three games of the season and propelling the Panthers to notable victories. Goncalves' adaptability shone through as he seamlessly transitioned between right and left tackle positions, demonstrating his integral role in Pitt's offensive success. His collegiate career, highlighted by a third-team All-ACC selection in 2022 and a captaincy in his final season, reflects his leadership and consistency on the field, despite an injury-shortened 2023 campaign.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Recognized for his leadership as a team captain and possesses a well-proportioned frame conducive to offensive line play.
  • Delivers powerful initial contact and can drive opponents back effectively with strong leg movement.
  • Exhibits excellent hand placement in pass protection and uses hand tricks to unsettle defenders’ timing.
  • Adept at assessing pocket threats, using his body mass to counter bull rushes successfully.
  • Boasts quick and precise hand movements, excelling in hand-to-hand combat during pass protection.
  • His competitive nature shines on the field, particularly in how he engages with and disrupts defensive players.
  • Can anchor effectively against bull rushes due to his significant frame and powerful hands.
  • Shows aptitude for executing downfield and second-level blocks, displaying surprising mobility for his size.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Struggles with quick lateral movements, making it challenging to engage effectively in space or adjust to fast inside moves.
  • Exhibits a higher-than-ideal pad level, reducing his leverage and effectiveness in sustaining blocks.
  • Displays limited ability to recover swiftly when initial positioning is compromised.
  • May face difficulties with NFL-caliber edge rushers due to average foot speed and below-average overall athleticism.
  • Arm length is considered just adequate, potentially affecting his ability to maintain separation from defenders.
Scouting Report: Summary
Matt Goncalves presents a mixed bag of traits that NFL teams will dissect leading up to the draft. On the positive side, his experience at both tackle positions and his stint as a team captain speak volumes about his leadership and versatility. His ability to anchor against power rushers, coupled with a strong punch and effective hand usage in pass sets, provides a solid foundation for a transition to the pro game. Goncalves' knack for manipulating defenders in the run game and sustaining blocks could see him carve out a role on an NFL line, particularly in schemes that value physical run blockers.

However, Goncalves' path to becoming a starter in the NFL is not without its hurdles. His below-average lateral mobility and tendency to play with a high pad level could limit his effectiveness, especially in space where NFL-caliber defenders could exploit these weaknesses. Additionally, his recovery from a significant lower-body injury introduces a level of risk regarding his durability and long-term potential.

The verdict on Goncalves will ultimately hinge on a team's willingness to invest in his development, recognizing that his immediate fit may be more inside at guard rather than tackle. His blend of size, strength, and football IQ makes him a compelling Day 2 or early Day 3 prospect, with the understanding that his early contributions might come in a limited role as he adjusts to the NFL's speed and complexity.

Matt Goncalves percentiles vs other Offensive Tackles (NFL Combine historically - higher value represents better perfomance)

How other scouting services rate Matt Goncalves (Overall Rank)

All Scouts AverageOverall Rank
117.9
All Scouts AveragePosition Rank
31.0
*Percentile Ranking in Player's Position Group (NFL Combine Historical Data): This percentile reflects how a player's specific statistics rank in comparison to historical performances at the NFL Combine, specifically within their position group. A higher percentile indicates a better performance. For instance, being in the 90th percentile for a particular stat means the player outperformed 90% of their peers in that category.

*Similarity Percentage: This percentage is calculated based on a comprehensive analysis of various factors, including height, weight, 40-yard dash times, on-field performance statistics, and overall player rating. The analysis is conducted against our database of draft prospects from 2021 to 2023. This similarity score helps in evaluating how closely a current prospect aligns with past prospects. It is important to note, however, that this score reflects similarities based on college production and attributes, and does not account for eventual success or performance in the NFL.