2017 NFL Draft

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Ricardo Mathews

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 290 | College: Cincinnati
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Positives: Intriguing 3-4 defensive end or three-technique tackle. Penetrates gaps effectively on run and pass blitzes with good first step. Low center of gravity, stays low to change directions well in the backfield. Has a fair anchor when concentrating on staying his ground. Moves well while engaged inside. Excellent effort and good stamina throughout the game.

Negatives: Marginal production until senior year. Seen as DT/DE 'tweener by some scouts, a bit light to play inside right now and lacks quickness to play outside. Maybe best as 3-4 end. Not exceptional in any one area of his game. Could get off blocks more consistently, and can be moved laterally by linemen.

--Chad Reuter

2009 Season

Named second-team All-Big East. … 11.5 tackles for loss to go alon with 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks and a pair of quarterback hurries.

2008 Season

Played in all 14 games … tallied 12 tackles from his backup defensive tackle spot … started in place of all-American Terrill Byrd in season opener against Eastern Kentucky.

2007 Season

Saw limited action in all 13 games on the defensive line … totaled six of his 11 tackles in the first four games of the season … tallied two tackles vs. Southeast Missouri State … recorded a tackle for loss vs. Oregon State … notched a career-high three stops and a sack against Marshall … made two tackles vs. Louisville … helped on a tackle in the Papajohns.com Bowl triumph over Southern Miss.

2006 Season

Joined the defensive tackle rotation in the fourth game of the season … played in seven of the last 10 contests … recorded a pair of stops at West Virginia … Bearcat Academic Honor Roll (Fall 2006).

High School

Terry Parker High School: Three-year first team all-conference selection for head coached Greg Stanton's squad … recorded 56.5 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. as a senior … multiple-sport athlete who reached the state championships in track and was a conference champion wrestler.


Ricardo Eugene Mathews, Jr.: Born July 30, 1987 … son of Jacquelyn and Ricardo Mathews


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