Chargers scouting report: Matthew Tant

Matthew Tant decided to forego his last season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. As a fullback, he was realistic about his chances of being drafted but feels he can make an impact. The San Diego Chargers thought so too, bringing him in as an undrafted free agent.

Tant said the Chargers were the number one team on his list as an undrafted free agent. When they called the selection was easy.

The Bolts have Lorenzo Neal on the roster, a bruising fullback and behind him is Andrew Pinnock, considered a disappointment by some in the organization. Tant is viewed as someone who could push Pinnock.

Tant had 26 carries for 109 yards and two touchdowns last season but his commodity comes in his blocking skills.

Matthew Tant School: Vanderbilt
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 235 40: 4.77 Year: 4Jr

Bio: Three-year starter who leaves school a year early after posting 26/109/2 on the ground while adding nine receptions.

Positives: Aggressive, hard-working blocker with good field awareness. Bends his knees playing with leverage, quick off the snap and explosive at the point of attack. Lays his shoulders into opponents working blocks and redirects nicely to defenders. Picks up stunts or twists thrown by opponents, helps the quarterback sell ball fakes and possesses a burst of speed. Solid footwork in pass protection.

Negatives: Ducks his head and as a result missed blocks. Not a strong runner who picks up much yardage off initial contact. Has difficulty finishing.

Analysis: Undersized for a true fullback, Tant has potential as a triple threat player at the position. Needs to physically mature, yet a solid role player at the next level when hitting on all cylinders.

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