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Matt Giordano

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 199 | College: California
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Positives … Has good muscle development with thickness in his chest and arms, good bubble with adequate calves. … Possesses good linear speed and excellent read-and-diagnose ability, doing a very good job of locating the ball on the move. … Has quick feet, sharply turning out of his backpedal, displaying flexibility in his hips and smooth feet. … Has the speed to run with backs and slot receivers, showing good foot quickness out of his backpedal and the catch-up ability to get back into the play. … Hard worker who is not afraid to compete for the ball in traffic. … Plays at a low pad level, extending his arms properly to wrap and secure the ball carrier. … Sure tackler who wraps up and really puts full force behind his hits. … Has above average closing ability, planting and driving to the ball with fluid ease-of-movement motions. … Uses his quickness to stay with the receivers deep and is effective at handling the switch-off. … Has that extra gear to easily recover when playing deep in the zone. … Has a good feel for his assignment in the zone, doing a fine job of anticipating and reading the quarterback to get a jump on the ball. … Shows proper rhythm jumping for the ball and the eye coordination to keep track of the ball in flight. … Understands his position well, showing no hesitation when called upon in run support. … Fills the holes with authority.

Negatives … Exposes himself at times as his leads tend to be a little long. … While he has good leaping ability, he needs to do a better job of timing his leaps, as he fails to get to the ball at its high point, resulting in several deflections that could have been interceptions. … Sometimes gets up on his heels before closing on his assignment in man coverage. … Has the athletic ability to run laterally, clear trash and make tackles, but needs to develop better plant-and-turn action, as his momentum sometimes causes him to over-pursue the play. … Can fill the rush lanes and work through the pile, but struggles some to locate the quarterback or ballcarrier in backside pursuit.

Injury Report

2004: Played the second half of the season wearing a cast on his hand to protect a finger fracture. … Left the Southern Mississippi game after he caught a cleat to his head in a pile-up, resulting in a -inch gash from his lip halfway down his chin and also caused him to lose a tooth.


American Studies major. … Great grandfather, Ralph Giordano, was a world welterweight boxing champion in 1933. … Son of Victor and Janet Giordano. … Born 10/16/82 in Fresno, California.

High School

CAMPUS: 4.54 in the 40-yard dash. … 345-pound bench press. … 33.5-inch vertical jump. … 4.02 20-yard shuttle. … 21/30 Wonderlic score. PRO DAY: Ran between 4.52 and 4.58 in the 40 … 33" vertical … 10'0" broad jump.


Attended Buchanan (Fresno, Cal.) High School. … Played key role as team co-captain in Buchanan's first ever Valley championship in 2000. … As a senior, he had five interceptions and 64 tackles while causing three fumbles, and averaged nine yards per carry and 12.6 yards per reception on offense. … Broke Buchanan records for longest punt return for a touchdown, most blocked kicks and most interceptions in a game. … Two-time All-Conference first-team choice and was also named the Defensive Player of the Year by the Clovis Exchange Club and Buchanan High's Most Outstanding Player in both football and track in 2001. … Crowned individual league champion in the 400 meters in 1999.


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