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Matt Hennessy Scouting Reports

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NFL Draft Bible:

Overview: A hard worker, team leader and AAC All-Academic Team, Hennessy is a gamer. He plays with an extremely stout pad level, stays low, is hard to move and is winning the leverage battle in the trenches all day. You have to feel good about your odds running it on third/fourth and short behind this man and that's exactly what the Owls do. Demonstrates plenty of athleticism/mobility/quickness to get around on pull blocks and is quick to seek out bodies in the second level. Had firm, direct snaps to his quarterback in shotgun formation.

Hennessy didn't give up a sack in 828 snaps, allowed four total pressures during the 2019 season and only allowed 14 pressures during his three years at Temple. He didn't allow a sack and gave up just two quarterback pressures in 329 pass snaps in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus. Was also praised for his leadership/mentoring of the offensive line, which started true freshmen at both left and right tackle that season.

Career: Took over as starter at center in 2017 as freshman, starting all but one game (injured). Started in one game at guard before redshirting in 2016.

Dane Brugler:

BACKGROUND: Matthew “Matt” Hennessy was born in Nyack and grew up just north of New York City. For high school, he crossed state lines to attend football powerhouse Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, where he starred on both sides of the ball. A three-year starter, Hennessy lined up primarily at right tackle and with Don Bosco’s heavy schedule, he had the chance to go against top-tier talent like Nick Bosa and Rashan Gary, performing well against them. As a senior captain, Hennessy led the program to a 9-3 record and the Group 4 title.
 
A two-star offensive tackle recruit out of high school, he was the No. 181 ranked tackle in the class and the No. 54 recruit in the state of New Jersey. He received mostly FCS-level offers, including Ivy League programs like Harvard and Yale, until Temple extended an offer as a center. Despite never playing the position before, Hennessy committed to the Owls after his senior season. His older brother (Tom) was a long snapper at Duke and has played three seasons for the New York Jets. Hennessy graduated with his degree in finance with a 3.7 GPA (May 2019). He elected to skip his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft, accepting his invitation to the 2020 Senior Bowl.
 
YEAR (GP/GS) POSITION NOTES         2016: (3/1) LG  Redshirted 2017: (12/12) OC 2018: (11/11) OC  AAC Scholar Athlete of the Year; AAC All-Academic Team 2019: (12/12) OC  Second team All-American; First team All-AAC; Finalist for the Rimington Trophy Total: (38/36) 35 OC, 1 LG
 
 HT WT ARM HAND WING 40-YD 20-YD 10-YD VJ BJ SS 3C BP    COMBINE 6037 307 32 1/4 10 79 3/4 5.18 3.03 1.80 30 09’02” 4.60 7.45 23 PRO DAY N/A (Pro Day canceled)
 
STRENGTHS: Efficient athlete for his size…outstanding foot quickness and body control to be effective on reach blocks…slides his feet well to work laterally…works his hands into his target while positioning his feet to seal as a run blocker…comfortable pulling or working up to the second level…high IQ player and effectively locates/communicates pre-snap reads…keeps his knees bent and his hips centered in his pass-sets…introverted personality, but named a captain and boasts elite intangibles with a genuine love for football…his coaches say he is the hardest worker on the team and lives in the football facility, working out or watching film (head coach Rod Carey: “He is never satisfied and is continuing to try and get better.”)…started double-digit games each of the last three seasons.
 
WEAKNESSES: Won’t overwhelm defenders with power…doesn’t generate a great push in short-yardage…leaner than ideal and needs to continue and add beef to his frame…below-average arm length by NFL standards…bull rushers can knock him on his heels if he doesn’t win early…inconsistent on combinations, especially vs. quicker linebackers…will occasionally allow his pads to rise in pass pro, negating his base strength…only minor injuries on his resume, but did miss at least one game each of the last three years…played tackle in high school and saw reps at guard during his redshirt year, but might be a center-only in the NFL.
 
 SUMMARY: A three-year starter at Temple, Hennessy was the starting center in head coach Rod Carey’s up-tempo RPO attack. He never took a snap at center before he arrived at Temple, but he allowed only one sack the last three years and was awarded a single digit jersey (practiced with the No. 3) for his toughness, work ethic and appetite for football. Hennessy is alert and diagnoses quickly with his eyes married to his feet and his hands not too far behind, reaching three techniques with ease. While he isn’t a bully in the run game and will be out-matched by power at times, he does a nice job staying between the ball and defender due to his body control. Overall, Hennessy has only ordinary point-of-attack strength, but he is an athletic craftsman with his outstanding quickness, balance and attention to detail, projecting as an NFL starter in a zone-blocking scheme.

 

NFL.com:

An offensive tackle at New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep, Hennessy moved to center for Temple and excelled. He was named third-team Associated Press All-American, first-team All-American Athletic Conference, and a finalist for the Remington Trophy as the nation's best pivot in 2019. Hennessy started 12 games in his final collegiate season, 11 in 2018, and 12 in 2017, missing four games due to injury over the three seasons. Coaches got him in for three games, including one start at left guard, in his first season on campus; he qualified for a redshirt that season. His brother, Thomas, was a long snapper at Duke and is now handling those duties for the New York Jets.
 
By Lance Zierlein
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NFL Comparison
Joe Hawley
Overview
Three-year starter who uses hand placement, leverage and athletic ability to make up for his lack of mass and length. He's patient to center blocks and runs his feet to lock in and begin sustaining. He has the lateral quickness and body control to reach, pull and stay connected to blocks on the move. He has issues with timing blocks up to linebackers, but that should be correctable. Below-average physical traits could limit his suitors, but scheme fits will like the movement and intangibles he brings to the table. He has early backup, eventual starter potential.
Strengths
  • Awarded single-digit practice jersey as one of the toughest players on the team
  • Flexible lowers and plus athleticism to race and reach on zone
  • Offers ability to pull and get out on screens
  • Works low to high with consistent pad level into contact
  • Leverages and lifts on base blocks
  • Holds his post through double teams
  • Stays after his single blocks with determination to sustain
  • Consistent balance and posture in his pass sets
  • Keeps hands quiet and punch-ready
  • Lands tight punch into frame and immediately gets into mirror mode
Weaknesses
  • Undersized and will need additional mass as a pro
  • Lacks desired length to create separation
  • Unable to do much with two-gappers
  • Doesn't have two-position experience
  • Lingers too long on initial block on combos
  • Linebackers scrape downhill before he can catch up
  • Occasional oversets open him to counters
  • Needs head on a swivel to protect against twists

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Just now, The Don™ said:

Common theme I've seen with the first three picks:

Guys with good mental makeup and intangibles who love football and always looking to get better. Guys who have fire and the want/dog in them. Stuff that you can't teach. It seems to underrated around here. 

All three of these guys definitely qualify as high-character team leaders. I suspect it's one of the reasons why Dimitroff doesn't like to trade down. He has an extremely finite number of potential Falcons.

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5 minutes ago, KRUNKuno said:

This is such a Falcons pick.

Undersized, agile lineman that is smart but can’t generate any push.

"Hennessy didn't give up a sack in 828 snaps, allowed four total pressures during the 2019 season and only allowed 14 pressures during his three years at Temple. He didn't allow a sack and gave up just two quarterback pressures in 329 pass snaps in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus. "

"He plays with an extremely stout pad level, stays low, is hard to move and is winning the leverage battle in the trenches all day. You have to feel good about your odds running it on third/fourth and short behind this man and that's exactly what the Owls do. "

Edited by Snafu

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2 minutes ago, The Don™ said:

Common theme I've seen with the first three picks:

Guys with good mental makeup and intangibles who love football and always looking to get better. Guys who have fire and the want/dog in them. Stuff that you can't teach. It seems to underrated around here. 

This. Had to have him.

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1 minute ago, falcons007 said:

Liking the draft. Trade for a top safety to lead the defensive backfield.

Too late for that. Have to wait for next year. Best bet for us now is to move up for Davis-Gaither and call it a draft.

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6 minutes ago, jidady said:

All three of these guys definitely qualify as high-character team leaders. I suspect it's one of the reasons why Dimitroff doesn't like to trade down. He has an extremely finite number of potential Falcons.

Buts its not just the Mike Smith type choir boy leaders and washed up vets he always coveted. 

They let Vic and Campbell walk. Tru was cut. All three guys that had questions come up about their intangibles, mental makeup and/or their passion for the game. 

They're taking a different approach getting guys where we don't have to question their passion for football. I think it's big. 

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7 minutes ago, The Don™ said:

Common theme I've seen with the first three picks:

Guys with good mental makeup and intangibles who love football and always looking to get better. Guys who have fire and the want/dog in them. Stuff that you can't teach. It seems to underrated around here. 

Good post.

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I dont like those scouting report negatives one bit.

Compared to Joe Hawley of all people, which is polarizing for me. Joe had heart and was fiesty, but not someone that could win consistently 1 on 1. Also became a flopper during his time with us.

If he is Hawley then I guess Dirk will be happy then since that was his dude here and in Tampa.

Edited by LightningDawg58

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8 minutes ago, Snafu said:

"Hennessy didn't give up a sack in 828 snaps, allowed four total pressures during the 2019 season and only allowed 14 pressures during his three years at Temple. He didn't allow a sack and gave up just two quarterback pressures in 329 pass snaps in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus. "

"He plays with an extremely stout pad level, stays low, is hard to move and is winning the leverage battle in the trenches all day. You have to feel good about your odds running it on third/fourth and short behind this man and that's exactly what the Owls do. "

Show the cons

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7 minutes ago, KRUNKuno said:

Show the cons

  • Undersized and will need additional mass as a pro
  • Lacks desired length to create separation
  • Unable to do much with two-gappers
  • Doesn't have two-position experience
  • Lingers too long on initial block on combos
  • Linebackers scrape downhill before he can catch up
  • Occasional oversets open him to counters
  • Needs head on a swivel to protect against twists

 

 

A lot of trivial ****. Pro's massively outweigh his cons.

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