2018 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about HERCULES MATA'AFA: Washington State, 6022 254 4.78. Junior entry from Lahaina, HI. Two-year starter appearing in 39 games. Three-time All-Pac 12 selection. Primarily a three technique who will have to make the shift to a 3-4 outside linebacker/edge rusher or an inside linebacker. Extremely quick at the snap with the ability to penetrate a gap and make a play in the backfield. Cougar scheme had him attacking gaps with a slant or angle technique. Tough to block and often requires a double team. If the play is going away he is often washed out of the play. Has good pass rush skills in a one-on-one situation as he usually wins at the snap and has good closing speed. Shows inline agility. When firing a gap he displays change of direction skill to get plays going the other way. Chases well and can get to plays on the edge in pursuit. Good lateral movement which projects well to a linebacker position. If he is going to play on the edge he will need to develop more technique. Right now he can get locked up if he doesn’t win with initial quickness. Shows enough speed to get around the corner. Bottom line, Mata’afa plays with an unorthodox style that blockers struggle to catch onto. His elite first step and ability to play low, flip his hips, and get skinny through holes make him a nightmare to block. The Hawaii native uses quick and strong hands to chop blockers’ hands away from his chest. Has virtually no experience in coverage so if he plays any kind of linebacker he will have to develop. Has some intriguing tools to work with but is still a project for the NFL. 2017 stats: 45 T, 22.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 5 QBH, 2 FF. Edge speed:left 2.01, right 2.26. OSR:8/22. Third/fourth round. (A-31 1/2, H-10 1/4, BP-26, SS-4.37).