Christian Matthew, CB | Valdosta StatePositives: Nice-sized corner with a physical game. Quick flipping his hips in transition off the line, mixes it up with opponents throughout the route, and uses his size to defend passes. Quick up the field and gives effort defending the run. Remains disciplined with coverage assignments, communicates well with teammates in the secondary, and is effective when facing the action.
Negatives: Late reacting to receivers’ moves off the line. Sits on his backpedal, shows stiffness in his game, and must become a more secure tackler.
Analysis: Matthew is a well-traveled cornerback who started his career at Samford before moving on to Georgia Southern and finally landing at Valdosta State. He possesses the measurables and underlying skill to be a zone cornerback, though Matthew must elevate almost every aspect of his game.