Josue Matias: To Date
Matias was a four-star offensive tackle out of Union, NJ and arrived as part of the heralded FSU offensive line class of 2011. Matias started the final game of his freshman year against Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl and has been a fixture at guard ever since. Matias was dominant at times in 2013 and should be even better in 2014.
At 6’5, 330, Matias has a better physique than most ten-year NFL veterans. He is and thick through the shoulders, long-armed, and is thick through his hips and legs while maintaining a flat abdomen and carrying almost no bad weight. His build is closer to that of a prototypical right tackle than to most guards, but he has outstanding bend and flexibility and is able to maintain the leverage needed inside.
Matias is a mauler with very strong hands and shows very good bend and roll as a run blocker. He would be quick and mobile for a 300 pounder, let alone a man carrying an additional 30 pounds. He is outstanding in the screen game due to his speed and outstanding feet, showing plus ability to get out in front and get his hands on smaller players in the open field.
He takes excellent angles in the zone running game and keeps his feet running after a plus first and second step. Is an outstanding combo blocker who can get to the second level in a hurry and bury linebackers. Can overpower opponents in man schemes. Has shown the ability to play right tackle as well as both guard spots.
Room for Improvement
Matias is a good but not elite pass blocker, showing the ability to anchor and mirror but needing refinement with his hand placement and sometimes showing a bit of vulnerability to the inside speed rush as he struggled some with Florida’s Sharif Floyd and Pitt’s Aaron Donald in 2013.
Sometimes reaches and gets off balance when fatigued. Occasionally gets his shoulders turned in pass protection, allowing more penetration than ideal. Has an occasional missed assignment, perhaps due to lapses in concentration.
Floor/Ceiling & NFL Potential
Matias should be a high draft choice in the 2015 NFL Draft. There isn’t really much of a gap between him and teammate Tre’ Jackson, who some have as high as a top 10 pick. Jackson has been a bit more consistent and assignment-reliable and is a bit thicker, but Matias is more mobile and perhaps a bit more powerful. Provided a little progress over 2013, Matias could go in the first round. I don’t see him falling beyond the second round either way.
Outlook for 2014
Provided he stays healthy, Jackson should be in contention for All-ACC and All-America honors and a first round draft choice.