MAT BOESEN | DE | TEXAS CHRISTIAN
Height: 6032 | Weight: 240
Playing at his third collegiate program, Mat Boesen is a two-year starter at right defensive end in Gary Patterson 4-2-5 multiple defensive scheme. Boesen began his career at Boise State where he redshirted as a true freshman and notched 3 sacks before getting kicked off the team for a July 2014 arrest for misdemeanor inattentive or careless driving and resisting or obstructing police officers. Initially receiving a 90-day jail sentence, Boesen was able to change the ruling to one year of probation. Boesen elected to transfer to Long Beach Community College in California, where he won 2016 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and broke the school’s sack record before choosing TCU among scholarship offers from Baylor and Louisville. Off-field issues aside, Boesen has been an impactful and productive football player since joining the Horned Frogs. Boesen earned Sports Illustrated First-Team All-American honors in 2017, leading the Big 12 with 12 sacks and a staggering 51 pressures in 297 pass rush snaps.
A former wrestler, Boesen is a tall, wiry player with very good lateral agility, coordination and athletic ability that he uses to win his leverage battles. Boesen did miss two games in 2016 due to an undisclosed injury.
As a pass rusher, Boesen wins with speed by taking a quick, wide step to get blockers to reach in their pass set and then suddenly turning back inside with minimal contact at the POA. Boesen is an energetic, bendy, flexible player who will contort his upper body when absorbing blocks and try to counter and use the lineman’s momentum against him. After disengaging from his block, Boesen urgently accelerates to suffocate space and close in on the passer. Occasionally, Boesen will launch wide when lining up the QB to try and sneak and stab the ball to force a fumble (5 in his career), but this approach also causes him to arm tackle and get shaken off with even subtle movements. Boesen is an extremely aggressive player and his violent style of play and short fuse can get him in hot water. Boesen was ejected twice in 2017; once for targeting against SMU that caused him to also miss the first half of the Oklahoma State game, and another time for kicking Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown Jr. while he was on the ground. Boesen is over-reliant on snap timing, which forces him to lean forward and jump early, even costing his team a pick-6 against Iowa State. Boesen's production as a pass rusher endorses his athleticism, breaking the Horned Frogs single-game sack record with a 5.5 sack performance against Baylor where he looked unblockable. As a run defender, Boesen shows good eye discipline on Zone Read plays and uses his anticipation to make good decisions and hold up the point of attack. While proficient in winning 1v1 battles, Boesen can get overpowered by double teams and moved off his mark by more powerful linemen. Because of this, his ideal role in the NFL will be a designated third down pass rusher who can pin his ears back and get after the QB.
Boesen compares in body type and play style to Brooks Reed and is best suited to play OLB in a 3-4 defense where he can attack from an upright stance and add some flavor on Zone drops with his athleticism. Boesen projects as a rotational player owing to his flexibility, spirit and athleticism and will need to answer questions about his temper for an NFL team to be comfortable with burning a draft pick on him, but he is certainly a draftable talent.
Overall Grade: 70
Athletic Ability: 5
Play Strength: 4
Play Speed: 5
Competitive Toughness: 5
Finesse Moves: 4
Power Moves: 2
Gap Control: 2
Move Arsenal: 4
Player Comparison: Brooks Reed
Projected Round: PFA
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