CB Damarri Mathis, Pittsburgh

5’11” – 196 lbs. – 4.39

Two-year starter (2019 and 2021) and fifth-year senior who plays on both sides of the field, often on the boundary side. Pretty well-built cornerback who plays bigger than he measured because of his length (arms almost 32” long) and leaping ability (43.5” vertical at the pro day.) Played a lot of bump-and-run at Pitt to utilize his length. Does a nice job of using his wingspan/physicality to pin opponents to the sideline; should endear himself to teams with physicality as long as he can avoid penalties in the pros. Has the raw speed to carry opposing receivers down the field. Gets his head around to locate when his back is turned to the ball, and shows nice ball skils to make breakups/interceptions; 21 passes defensed over the last two seasons he played. Willing to come up and deliver hits on ballcarriers. A little bit inconsistent with his accuracy when pressing. Some balance issues when turning and running down the field. Too much disconnect at the route stem. Needs to flatten out coverage on in-breaking routes, overs, etc. to squeeze receivers. Gets caught up in congestion. Ended up getting flagged too many times because of his downfield contact. Rarely played in zone during the games reviewed unless there was no receiver split out wide to his side of the field. Ended up getting hurt in 2020 and redshirting. Has the length, tools, physicality, and ball skills to potentially work his way onto the field, but has a lot of technical kinks to work out first. Mid-round developmental type.

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