Matt Patchan, OT

School: Boston College  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Tampa, FL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 302 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.972.88-22 33 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.942.831.7122 33 1/2---

Player Overview

Heisman finalist running back Andre Williams dominated the media coverage for Boston College in 2013, but he was aided by strong blocking up front, including the first healthy season of Patchan's collegiate career.

It wasn't that long ago that Patchan was the headlining talent. He signed with the Florida Gators as one of the most highly regarded preps in the country, but couldn't remain on the field due to a variety of injuries which included everything from a torn ACL to a fractured wrist, a torn pectoral muscle and even a bullet wound in his left shoulder from a drive-by shooting at a park near his hometown.

In five seasons in Gainesville, Patchan played in 27 games (including 11 as a true freshman at defensive tackle) but only started eight times. He was granted a sixth season of eligibility and followed Steve Addazio to Boston College, where he started all 12 games at left tackle and earned Second Team All-ACC honors in 2013.

Patchan was a late-week injury replacement at the Senior Bowl and performed well, concluding a roller coaster collegiate career with positive momentum. If teams are satisfied with his pre-draft medical check and interviews, Patchan's obvious talent could earn him a surprisingly high selection.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL offensive tackle with broad shoulders, long arms and a trim middle. Very good initial quickness off the snap, firing off the ball when run-blocking to turn and seal his opponent from the action. Surprising straight-line speed to get to the second level and shows good lateral agility and body control to adjust to moving targets.

Easy athleticism is apparent in pass protection, as well, showing the balance and fluidity to remain outside in the NFL, perhaps even at left tackle (as he played for BC). Plays with good knee bend and on the balls of his feet, showing the ability to slide laterally, keeping his shoulders square to the defender. Latches onto opponents and shows good strength in his hands to control once engaged.

Undeniable talent whose question marks are largely off the field.

WEAKNESSES: Has been unable to remain on the field, mostly due to a maddening array of injuries. In May 2008, he was shot in the left shoulder as a bystander at a park in Brandon, Fla. He later injured his left knee in the first of two scooter accidents while at Florida, one of which also led to his being hit by a car. Missed all but the first four games of the 2009 season with a torn ACL (right knee), all of 2010 with a fractured right wrist and all of 2012 with a torn pectoral.

On the field, Patchan is a relatively clean prospect. He does not possess elite foot speed so he may need to make the move back to right tackle. Comes off the snap a bit high, leaving himself vulnerable to bull-rushes. Good core strength and flexibility, but can get pushed deep into the pocket.

COMPARES TO: Jammal Brown, Washington Redskins - Like Brown, Patchan's talent is obvious but an inability to remain healthy limits his value. Brown started 84 of 85 games following a selection in the first round of the 2005 draft by the New Orleans Saints, but he never started 16 games in any of his seven seasons in the NFL and hasn't played since 2011 due to complications from a hip injury.

--Rob Rang (2/3/14)

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