by Ryan Myers
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Today’s Spotlight - Miami (FL), Center, Matt Lee
Name - Matt Lee
Pos - C
Team - Miami
HT/WT - 6’4” 295 lbs.
Home - Oviedo, FL
Matt Lee is a Center out of Oviedo, Florida and played his high school football at Hagerty High School where he helped the team to a district championship and the first round of state playoffs as a senior. He was ranked as the number 84 offensive guard in the country out of high school by ESPN, and was given a 3-star recruit rating by Rivals.com and ESPN. He had offers from Yale, Harvard, Air Force, Army, and Columbia, but he chose to stay close to home and attend UCF.
In his first season with UCF in 2019, Lee played in 4 games. He redshirted in order to maintain eligibility. In his second year, he started each of the Knights’ 10 games at center and was named First Team All-Conference in the shortened 2020 season.
In 2021, Lee started 12 games at center, missing one game due to injury. He played well once again, earning Third Team All-Conference honors and making himself known as a player to watch for in upcoming drafts. Last season, he solidified that reputation as he was rated as the third-highest center nationally by Pro Football Focus and earned 90.6 pass-blocking grade and 80.6 run-blocking grade in final season with the Knights. After last season, he entered the transfer portal and chose to move on from UCF and went to Miami for this season.
Lee possesses pro level strength and solid mechanics which give him the ability to hold his ground very well against the defensive tackles. He has quick feet, allowing him to cover ground and be very rangy as a blocker. Combined with his strength and instincts, he handles speed rushers well as he is often seen throwing them either to the ground, or off their rush lines.
The concerns regarding Lee’s game are his burst and his initial attack. He tends to be a bit slow off the snap and lacks the drive to win convincingly at the point of attack, allowing the initial hit to be won by the defenders at times. If he improves this initial jump and his point of attack, he can become an even more well rounded player with a complete skill set.
Point of Attack
Lee’s ability to block well for both rushing and passing schemes will allow him to climb draft boards and solidify himself as one of the top centers of the class. If he can work out some kinks, he has the makings of a successful and long term NFL starter.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction -4th or 5th round