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Matt Judon, Grand Valley State DE: 2016 NFL Draft Profile

Coming from Grand Valley State to the NFL is not an easy route. It has been especially tough for defensive end Matt Judon in overcoming injuries to make his NFL dream come true.

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Matt Judon

College: Grand Valley State

Position: Defensive End

Height/Weight: 6-3/275

College Stats: 204 tackles, 34 sacks, 51.5 tackles for loss.

Arguably the best overall player in Division II football last fall, Matt Judon racked up award after award for Grand Valley State. He won the Gene Upshaw Trophy for Division II's top lineman, conference defensive lineman of the year, and All-American honors. Judon was all over the place with 81 tackles, 20 sacks, and 23.5 tackles for loss in 2015.

Judon was a sixth year senior after redshirting in 2010 and earning another redshirt after injuring his knee in the opening game of the 2013 season. He is a very mature player with the sheer amount of time spent at Grand Valley State and should be a great steal for an NFL team ready to go the Division II route.


Watching tape of Judon, he immediately stands out in his ability to manhandle offensive tackles whenever he wants. He is physically one of the most impressive players in the entire draft. He led all defensive ends at the combine with a 4.73 40-yard dash, 30 reps on bench press, and a 35-inch vertical leap.

Judon is smart about how he plays the game, playing his responsibilities and continually keeping contain on the outside. He has both outside and inside moves that can earn sacks and he just has a knack for getting to the backfield.


While Judon was a man among boys last season, he did it versus Division II talent. There is a fear that once he faces players with similar talent levels, he may disappear. Only time will tell if that assessment is true.

Injury issues do concern scouts. Judon suffered a nasty ACL tear in 2013 and admitted to playing a bit timid in the following season due to fear of injuring himself once again. He was scheduled to play in the East West Shrine game but had to pull out due to a minor knee injury.

Judon has impressive speed and quickness, but there is a fear that he can be pushed out of the way by a solid professional tackle. Many of the concerns teams have about Judon will have to be figured out on the field once he is drafted.

Where will Judon get drafted?

Judon needs to go somewhere that he can learn a bit while seeing limited duty early in the season. Baltimore, with its ability to produce multiple pass rushers over the years, would be a great fit for Judon.

My prediction is that he goes to Baltimore with the #130 pick in the fourth round.