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Matt Bushman

TE

BYU

6'5"

Height

Weight

245

40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
Bench
23
Vertical
Broad Jump
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
32 1/2"
4.53
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
7.13
9 3/8"
32 5/8"
77 7/8"

6.79

Final Grade

Ruptured Achilles (2020)

Injury History

Games Evaluated

vs Washington (2019), vs San Diego State (2019), vs Utah (2018)

Team Fit

NYJ

LAC

CAR

Strengths 

Bushman has the ideal size for a receiving tight end. He has a great burst off the line for his size. He possesses decent straight line speed. He has elite hands and has the ability to come down with every catch, especially in traffic. This is due to his large catch radius. Additionally, he has a 50/50 ball mentality and is elite at the catch point. This turns 50/50 balls into 75/25. His vertical paired with his ability to high point the football makes him a huge red zone threat. He showed flashes of brilliance after the catch. He showed he possesses some wiggle and ability to pick up extra yards. He is a willing blocker, who plays angry. He is very versatile. He can line up anywhere and be effective as a pass catcher.

Weaknessess

Bushman is a liability at times as a blocker. He struggles as in line blocker. He loses leverage by standing up and does not use his legs to drive defenders. He struggles in space as a blocker and whiffs often. He tends to catch defenders rather than engage the defender first, causing him to lose leverage. He struggles getting his hands inside on the defender to create leverage. He plays weak at times for his frame. He needs to be more aggressive in order to block physical defensive ends. Bushman struggles to create any sort of seperation from the defender. Due to his age, his ceiling is concerning. Also, his achilles injury raises a red flag on whether he will return to his old form or will he be limited mobility wise.

Big Picture

Bushman is a true receiving tight end with good size and a great catch radius. He has good speed and burst that allows him to line up anywhere on the field and be effective as a pass catcher. He has elite ball skills and can come down with any football thrown his way. His strong hands and ability to high point the football at the catch points makes him a legit red zone threat in the NFL. He flashed ability to pick up yards after the catch, but his route tree is limited due to his ineffectiveness to create any separation. Although Bushman is a willing blocker, he has to improve dramatically as a blocker. His lack of physicality at the line of scrimmage and his poor blocking technique causes him to lose leverage and get beat often in both run and pass blocking situations. Bushman has the potential to be a solid complimentary piece in a multiple tight end system. Teams can deploy all over the field due to his ability to catch the ball in traffic, which allows him to make plays from anywhere. However, he will likely only be deployed on passing downs due to his struggles as a blocker. Bushman will be a late day 3 pick and has potential to make an immediate impact in the red zone.

Player Comp

Gerald Everett

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

6.6

7.25

Bushman has good speed and explosion for his size. He showed decent flexibility at BYU, while making acrobatic type catches. He flashed agility at times, picking up yards after the catch. For his size his play strength is weak, especially at the line of scrimmage.

Lateral Agility
Flexibility
Play Strength
Explosion
Speed
6.5
6.5
6
7
7

6.88

Receiving Skills:

7.25

7.25

Big Play Ability

Release
Route Running
Seperation
Hands
Catch Radius
Spacing & Timing
7
6.75
6
7.5
7.5

Bushman possess a great catch radius and elite hands for the tight end position. His route running is fluid and he is good in and out of breaks. However, his route tree is limited due to his inability to create seperation. His release is good for his size. His spacing is questionable at times.

Blocking:

6.2

Bushman struggles as a blocker. At times, he showed good hand usage, but typically struggles to get his hands inside and drive. He is willing as a run blocker, but often whiffs and struggles mightily in space. He stands up in pass coverage, causing him to lose all leverage.

Hand Usage
Run Blocking
Blocking in Space
Pass Blocking
Leg Drive
6.5
6.25
6
6.25
6

Competitiveness:

7.08

7.25

Instincts

7.25

Field Vision

7.25

Bushman has a great catch point mentality. He believes he can come down with any football thrown his way. At times he flashed aggression. He shows good effort in all facets of his game.

Aggression & Toughness
Catch Point Mentality
Effort/Motor
7.5
7

Intelligence:

7

As a receiving threat, Bushman is extremely versatile. He can line up anywhere in an offense and be an effective pass catcher. He showed good instincts, when the quarterback was flushed from the pocket. Additionally, he showed ability to recognize coverages and exploit them.

Instincts
Play Awareness
Versatility
6.75
6.75
7.5