Scouting Report: Stanford's Matt Masifilo

Matt Masifilo
Stanford, Defensive Tackle
6-foot-3, 290 lbs.

Athletic Ability
Plays light on his feet. Good short area quickness. Can run. Not on the ground much. Good balance and body control on the line of scrimmage.

Plays hard and gives top effort at all times. Shows a desire to find the football. Will chase plays to the outside. Good stamina. Tough.

Can hold the point of attack. Ability to stack double team blocks. Plays with good leverage. Can neutralize blockers. Very good hand grab strength.

Run Defense
Keeps his head up and flows to the ball inside. Stacks the middle and can be disruptive. Very good hand use to separate from blockers.

Pass Rush
He is a power rush type who can push the pocket and disrupt running plays. Has some finesse and quickness in his play but is more of a power type inside player.

Shows good stamina and gives chase to the perimeter. Never quits. Can run and close well for a big man.

Very productive. A lot of it doesn't show up on the stat sheet. He reroutes several inside run plays and gets push into the backfield and flushes opposing QB's often.

One of the most underrated players in the Pac-12 this season, the active and intense senior DT is highly productive and comes to play each and every Saturday. He displays quickness, strength and power and is not easy to block one on one. He has the ability to control blockers and get to the ball with consistency. Very good in short yardage situations. He is a power rusher who gets good penetration into the backfield. Love this guy's motor. He is a solid interior player who should play and do well at the next level.


Dave Razzano is a former NFL scout with more than 22 years of professional scouting experience with the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals under NFL coaches Bill Walsh, George Seifert, Chuck Knox and Dick Vermeil. He's been a part of five Super Bowls with three Super Bowl wins (49ers, 1989, 1990; Rams, 2000).

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