Drafted: ROUND: 5 - Pick Number: 155 (DAL)
Draft Profile: BioMatt Waletzko was virtually unheard of high school player who only received a single scholarship offer - from North Dakota in the FCS after being graded a two-star prospect and the 29th best tackle prospect in the state of Minnesota.
As a freshman in 2018, he saw action in nine games and made five starts at left tackle. The following year Waletzko started the first six games of the season at left tackle before suffering a season-ending injury.
He returned in 2020 as a junior and started seven games at left tackle as he allowed just two allowed sacks on 447 offensive plays. He was named to the All-MVFC Second Team and earned All-MVFC Academic First Team honors as a result.
As a senior Waletzko had his best year to date as on 620 plays he surrendered no sacks and gave up just 8 total pressures at left tackle. He was named to All-America Second Team and was an All-MVFC First Team selection from Phil Steele at the season's end.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- At 6-foot-7 and weighing 310 pounds, Waletzko has the ideal length for an offensive tackle. He also displays outstanding athleticism for his size, and the strength required to stand firm at the point of attack.
- In the final two years of his college football career at left tackle he allowed no sacks and only 12 total pressures in pass protection
- Long arms (measure over 35 inches), a huge wingspan (86-inch), and big hands enable him to keep defenders at bay
- Blocks with consistent base width and has good lateral agility with the quickness in pass protection to mirror rushers outside
- Has fluid body control with loose hips. Physical and tough with good effort in the run game. Plays with a finishing attitude with an aggressive, nasty temperament.
- Decent foot quickness to remain outside. Can get to the second level with surprising agility when adjusting to moving defenders. Underrated athleticism, agility, balance, and even straight-line speed to contribute - ran a surprisingly fast 5.03 in the forty at the combine
- Quick out of his stance with the footwork to be effective in front of screens. Willing to get out in front of ballcarriers to take out defensive backs and linebackers.
- Finds defenders with his hands immediately and gets feet moving to engage and sustain.
- Eases out of his stance and has a finisher's mentality. Has above-average mobility and keeps his base square to adjust to counters.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Is often late off the snap enabling the defender to get an initial move on him/li>
- Overreaches which means he often loses balance resulting in him losing his footing
- Limits ability to mirror by leaning forward with his upper body and neglecting his lower body. Not strong enough and remains rough around the edges.
- High-cut and doesn't always bend knees well. Set in pass protection is high, and that affects the power and ability to anchor and causes him to bend at the waist.
- Stronger pass rushers can get under his pads and steer him aside.
- Height can be a detriment in short-yardage, defender can get under his pads to hold the line.
- Will punch at smaller defenders instead of latching on and is more of a mauler than mover in the running game. Can improve maintaining outside leverage when doubling the nose. Ducks his head and gets too upright, causing him to fall off second-level blocks.
Scouting Report: SummaryThe FCS prospect Matt Waletzko's stock has been rising of late due to his senior bowl invite and impressive combine performance. He has elite length and outstanding overall athletic ability and has some excellent skills as a pass protector combined with decent movement as a run blocker. He however has only average strength and could do with adding 20 pounds if he wants to dominate at the pro level. He also comes with the usual criticism of any FCS player - that he hasn't been tested against top-flight opposition, although we think he's demonstrated the ability to hold up at the next level.
Waletzko is a good pro prospect with excellent upside who could easily become a quality player at either tackle positions and will likely be viewed as a fourth-round prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft.
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