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Why the Chargers selected DT Scott Matlock

The Chargers continue to value versatility as they draft DT Scott Matlock out of Boise State.

Frisco Bowl - Boise State v North Texas Photo by Emil T. Lippe/Getty Images

The Chargers have concerns across their interior defensive line as Austin Johnson recovers from a fractured knee and MCL sprain, and Otito Ogbonnia continues to recover from a torn patella tendon. Both should be able to return in 2023, but it’s not a given Ogbonnia will be ready at the start of the season as patella tendon injuries can take an entire year to recover from and Otito’s injury occurred in November.

Selecting Scott Matlock out of Boise State looks like a great way to add some athletic depth to the interior line. Scott is an exceptional athlete for his size, stacking 296 pounds on a 6’4 frame, with extremely well rounded physical traits.

Scott’s burst paired with his lateral agility should make him an excellent fit in Staley’s gap-and-a-half scheme. Expect Scott to pop into his gap assignment, and have the fluidity and power conversion to work across his lineman to his half-gap assignment and redirect the ball carrier. PFF graded his run defense grade at 78.3, with a 6.7% run-stop rate. His pass rush win-rate was 11%, showcasing an ability to penetrate gaps and close on the quarterback.

This video is a great introduction to what Matlock meant to Boise State.

Scott also has recorded two receiving touchdowns from the tight end position, giving the Chargers the tight end fans have been banging the table for!

Yes, that’s tongue-in-cheek, but it also helps display the type of versatile playmaker and athlete Matlock is.

In the game above, Matlock scored a receiving touchdown, sacked the quarterback, blocked a punt, and picked up five tackles. He’s a player with the strength and motor to command double team attention on the inside, and the athleticism to provide some rotational EDGE work as well.

Scott is a charismatic goofball as well; when paired with Sebastian Joseph-Day and third round selection Daiyan Henley, the Chargers defense is bound own the best collection of soundbites in 2023.

Scott Matlock, welcome to the Los Angeles Chargers