Teams looking for a pass-rushing presence in the 2020 NFL Draft will certainly do their homework on Yetur Gross-Matos. The two-time, first-team All-Big Ten lineman is not in the same class as Chase Young, but Gross-Matos is built similarly and is plenty athletic in his own right. He's a little rougher around the edges when it comes to technique and approach, but that just means he has even more upside to a team that's able to unlock his full potential.
Yetur Gross-Matos Draft Profile
College: Penn State
Gross-Matos is what a prototypical edge rusher is supposed to look like. He’s a long, fluid athlete who developed steadily over the past two seasons and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He’s electric as a mover, with the quickness and bendability to bend around the edge, but he can also go speed-to-power and walk tackles back into the quarterback. He’s at his best looping inside on tackle-end games up front, with the loose hips and suddenness to crash inside. His long arms and closing burst allow him to consistently finish off plays. He has the kind of multi-directional athleticism to play in space if a team wants to use him as a standup linebacker. In the run game, he has the strength to hold up at the point of attack and the speed to make plays in pursuit.
He’s still a work in progress, most notably when blockers get into his frame. Gross-Matos has the ability to disengage, but he too often fails to keep blockers out of his chest to begin with. He’ll also present more of a challenge once he adds a wider array of moves to his repertoire. In the run game, he’s quick to penetrate upfield but needs to do a better job locating the ball and not running himself out of the play, which happened too often at the college level.
In a draft short on surefire edge rushers after Chase Young, Gross-Matos has arguably the highest ceiling among them. He has three-down star potential if he cleans up the rough edges, but he should at least make an impact as a No. 2 pass rusher who can bend the edge or do damage inside.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round