Runs with amazing balance and low center of gravity
Doesn't dance in backfield - hits hole with authority
Good straight line speed when given room
Great vision - sees open lanes
Smart and knows how to read linebackers
Punishing stiff arm
Can handle 20-plus carries per game
Strictly a two-down back
Hands of stone - very inconsistent catching the ball
Misses blocking assignments
Not nearly as athletic in games as measureables suggest
Doesn't break many tackles
Lacks elusiveness to make defenders miss in open field
Had an extremely good offensive line against inferior competition
Summary: The hype of Ryan Mathews surrounds two things: junior year production and his triangle numbers (height, weight, 40 time). Once you put on the tape, you just don't see a very charismatic runner with very good athleticism. He can't play on third down and this really hurts his value in my opinion. His offensive line absolutely destroyed opponents making Mathews look much better than he is - he picked up big stats and every back looks good when nobody touches you and there are wide running lanes. Mathews will be the second or third back chosen and has a very good chance of going in the first round - maybe as high as No. 20 to Houston.
Player Comparison: Laurence Maroney. Maroney can't play on third down and has been inconsistent in the league despite great production in college.
Walter your inability to bet the Patriots all year with Brady on the team is inexplicable. Yes, since Brady came back from suspension, you bet the Patriots 0 times, even though they covered as decent and often huge favorites. Why? Why are you more afraid than Goodell is to show up at Foxborough to bet on a great team to beat inferior oponents by a large margin? You lost out on a lot of money. As for the Patriots defense who will be "overwhelmed" by Pittsburgh hahaha, the Patriots defense has stepped up when it needed to. Logan Ryan who is not even the best DB let alone CB on the team just had a dominant game covering one of the best wide receivers in the league. And you're going to say that Brady can't go stride for stride against Big Ben who, with his 0 TD performance last Sunday, once again proved that he has turned into an awful road playoff QB? You know what 0 TDs will win you in the AFC Championship game? I don't believe that betting on Pitt getting 6 points is a bad decision - seeing as I may do the same. But to predict the Patriots to straight up lose is laughable. The advantage they have on defense and coaching is pretty big and they may even be even offensively solely because Brady has been using Edelman more and more and Dion Lewis's return has shown to be very important.