Matthew Dayes
Projection
Round 5-6
Grade
B
6.40
Quality Backup

Matthew Dayes

Running Back
North Carolina State
  • Year: Senior
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 205
  • 40-Yard: 4.57
  • Arm: N/A
  • Hand: N/A

Strong Points

Productive as a runner and a receiver. Good vision and cutback runner. Has a quick burst when he sees a lane. Runs low to the ground, has good balance and keeps legs driving on contact. Good hands. While he is not a power guy, he gets yardage after contact. Very competitive.

Weak Points

Size. He's more quick than fast. Needs a lot of work with pass protection. Most of his routes are check-downs and swings.

The Way We See It

He will never be a starter, but he can become a quality backup who can play in a rotation or as a role player. His versatility in the run and pass games is a plus for him. He is quicker than fast but has strength and gets yards after contact. Has a strong overall game but like many college backs, he needs to improve his pass-protection skills. His running style suggests that he might be able to return kickoffs, which would be huge in helping make him one of those guys who may not start but is too versatile and valuable not to find a spot for.