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.