The LA Chargers drafted Scott Matlock, a defensive tackle from Bosie State, as the 200th pick in the sixth round. He brings toughness and physicality to this Chargers defense and could serve as a great backup option for the team.
Scott Matlock’s Experience
Matlock has great pass-rushing ability, really breaking through gaps to completely knock his opponent off his feet. He’s able to connect and commit to his block, but can also shift focus quickly to tend to another target. In 2022, he had career-highs in STOPs (27), quarterback hurries (20), and a run defense grade of 78.3.
His NFL Combine analysis says that he has an “efficient slap-and-swim rush move for gap attacks” and that he “gets up the field and into his rush with urgency.” In terms of his weaknesses, his blocking ability does need some fine-tuning, and the analysis did determine that he could be “an average backup or special teamer.”
How May Matlock Fit Within the Chargers Depth Chart?
Both defensive linemen Austin Johnson and Otito Ogbonnia are recuperating from injuries. So DTMatlock may be called up to play sooner rather than later, depending on how quickly both Johnson and Ogbonnia get healthy. Ultimately, he will most likely serve as a second or third backup.
The defensive line was so banged up last year, it was a wonder the Chargers could even do anything on that side of the ball, so it’s great to see them adding some depth. Based on Matlock’s credentials and past play, the Chargers should earn a B for drafting him, as he does seem to have the skill set to cover some holes, but does look like he’ll need more development before he gets out there.