Scouting Report: Matt Diaz, OL, Wagner

Edison, NJ | 6040 | 300 | 5.10E | 2018

Does an outstanding job keeping his legs chopping in pass protection but also naturally tends to move backwards as the play wears on. May lack athleticism and quickness but he compensates with sound fundamentals. Can play all offensive line positions. Shows athleticism and ability to pull. Needs more upper body strength. Plays on multiple special teams. Reminds me of Chris Muller (2017/Rutgers) but slightly less polished. Team captain; quiet leader of the offense. Observed in person on 08/31/17 vs St Anselm and also during team training camp practice on 07/31/17.

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2016: A starter in all 11 games, Diaz ably protected quarterback Alex Thomson, allowing him to pass for more than 2,300 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also anchored an offensive line that paved the way for the Seahawks to finish second in the NEC in scoring (29.7), passing offense (257.8) and No. 1 in turnover margin (+7.1) and first downs (131) … Sociology major.

2015: A member of the All-NEC Preseason Team … After being injured during preseason camp, saw action in six games, taking over the starting left tackle position in the last five games of the season.

2014: Is again expected to play a leading role for the Seahawks after developing into Wagner’s starting left tackle during a breakout campaign.

2013: Did not see any game action … A mid-year transfer who enrolled at Wagner in Spring, 2013 and took part in all of the spring practice sessions and the Green & White Game.

Before Wagner: Standout two-way tackle for Edison HS who projects as an offensive lineman for the Seahawks … Earned All-Greater Middlesex Conference honors by the Home News Tribune … … Honed his skills while gaining strength during a productive prep school year spent at Milford Academy.

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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