Why Undrafted?: Josue Matias

Why Undrafted?: Josue Matias, G, Florida State
By Charlie Campbell, @draftcampbell

In the early to mid-portion of the 2014 college football season, sources told WalterFootball.com that Josue Matias was in the running to be first guard drafted. After a strong start to the season, Matias was getting grades for the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft. However in the latter portion of the year and in the months leading up to the draft, his grade dropped progressively to that point he was not taken in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Sources say the biggest reason that Matias went undrafted was poor medical reports. One team said that their medical staff killed Matias for them and they couldn’t draft him because of that. Other sources believed that Matias played poorly late in the year and especially in the postseason. That led to his grade getting lowered significantly with said sources.

After going undrafted, Matias signed with the Tennessee Titans, and I think that was a great decision by both the franchise and Matias. Tennessee entered the 2015 NFL Draft with a need at right tackle and guard. The team drafted Jeremiah Poutasi, who could be their right tackle, in the third round. After Poutasi, the Titans didn’t draft another guard candidate, though they did take a backup center. That leaves a pathway for Matias to earn a roster spot.

Veteran Andy Levitre had a serious drop-off in play last year, so Matias provides insurance behind Levitre. In time, the Titans could save some cap space by letting Levitre go, and they could have their replacement in Matias coached up and ready to replace him. Matias could form a nice tandem with Chance Warmack. At the very least, Matias could compete to provide Tennessee with some quality depth on the offensive line.

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