Matua, who visited the Ravens’ training complex Sunday, is one of the fastest
offensive linemen available in the upcoming NFL draft. At 6-foot-3 and 306
pounds, he ran the 40 yard dash in 5.06 and 4.98 seconds at the Trojans’ Pro Day
which was attended by Ravens director of college scouting Eric DeCosta along
with personnel from every NFL team.
“Hopefully, a lot of scouts will understand that I’m a fast guy,” Matua said in
a telephone interview. “If you look at tape, there have been a lot of bigger
guys that I’ve gone against, guys who were 6-foot-6, 300-plus.
“The key for me has been to be quicker and beat them down quarter after quarter
until they quit. I play this game with a mean streak. I never back off and I
never quit. It's all about how much intensity you have inside you."
Projected as a third or fourth-round draft pick, Matua also has the capability
to play center and act as a long snapper.
A native Polynesian, Matua plays the game at a high volume. He’s known for
screaming, celebrating and talking trash to opponents.
“Some people think that trash talking is left to the defensive guys, but if
you’re going against me you’re not just physically going against me, but also
mentally,” Matua said. “They have to be ready when they get beat to hear what I
have to say.
“It’s not pleasant. This ain’t no walk in the park. I’m coming out there to take
some heads off.”
Following the Trojans’ Pro Day, Matua’s stock has apparently risen on draft
NFL draft analyst Gil Brandt, who used to run the Dallas Cowboys’ personnel
department during the Tom Landry era, said Matua makes a strong impression. “For
a guy over 300 pounds to run a 40-yard dash in a theoretical time under five
seconds, he made himself a lot of money and will shoot up draft boards,” Brandt
Matua, who started as a true freshman before injuring his right knee, said he
met with Ravens coach Brian Billick at the scouting combine.
Matua is the oldest son of five brothers and sisters, raised by a single parent.
The sociology major is hoping for a long NFL career, lucrative enough to support
“Beethoven knew how to play piano,” Matua said. “I just know how to play
football and I love it. I would love to play for Baltimore."
NOTES: Oregon defensive tackle and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Haloti Ngata will visit the Ravens today. … Oregon quarterback Kellen Clemens will
visit the Ravens today, according to his agent. Clemens is a potential second-
or third-round draft pick. The three-year starter completed 64 percent of his
passes for 2,406 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions in eight games last
season before fracturing his ankle. Clemens has had individual workouts or
visited the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons. He's scheduled
to work out for the New York Jets this week.. … Besides Matua, the Ravens are
also interested in two other USC linemen: offensive tackle Winston Justice and
offensive guard Taitusi Lutui. At 6-foot-3 and 334 pounds, Latui has also played
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